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Saints in football semi finals

By Brian Pallister

THE Saints jumped out of the blocks with probably their best opening quarter of the season in round 17 of Perth Hills footy.

Sammy Thompson and Jorden Healy read the ruck contests and drove the ball forward where Michael Bailey finished off.

James Thompson was having an enthaling battle with Cam Hore as both of them like to run hard to offer themselves as targets for their teammates.

At the first break it was the saints by 36  points.

Bullsbrook suddenly found the off switch, with their efforts in the second quarter having the coach scratching his head.

The Bulldogs took control of the game. Jarrad Young appeared to be everywhere while being well supported by Alan Rigg and Tim Tanner.

Suddenly the Saints backline was under constant pressure and if not for Dylan Bailey, Clarke Doolan and Brock Sherriffs the damage would have been a lot worse.

The Bulldogs had reduced the margin to 15 points at the main break.

The third quarter was almost goal for goal as neither team could take control.

Cam Gray went into the ruck to give James Thompson a spell which paid dividends as he scored another goal.

Patrick Mather was doing the team thing by looking for targets in better scoring positions.

Justin Pitt along with Timothy Tynan worked hard to keep the Bulldogs in the game.

The Bulldogs came out full of intent in the last as they controlled most of the play.

The Saints backline held firm.

Suddenly they switched back on and finished the game full speed with the last four goals.

Going into finals this week they won’t be able to have any lapses as they will prove very costly.

Final score Bullsbrook 102 to Gidgegannup 62.

This weekend’s semi finals are being played at Mundaring oval.

In the first semi final Bullsbrook verse Pickering Brook at 12.30pm and in the second, Chidlow play Mundaring at 3pm.

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