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Bulldog glory

Bulldog glory

Despite the list of injuries; losing the double chance and sacrificing second place to Tanunda, by one point, in the last minor round game; having only won three games in the last two seasons, Barossa District are the 2016 BL&G A-Grade premiers, defeating (up until this game) the un-beaten Gawler Central by 11 points at Willaston Oval on Saturday.

Similar to their approach, in the preliminary final, where they put the Magpies to the sword, the boys from Barossa, simply put, wanted the ball more than Gawler Central.

From the opening ball-up the Bulldogs applied relentless pressure on the Tigers, who immediately looked suspect in attempting to cope with it.

The Tigers fumbled, missed passes by hand and foot to team-mates and certainly appeared unsettled.

Often at times, the Bullies would have two on one or three on one in contests at the ball and had really set the game up by leading 4-4 to 2-4 at quarter time, despite kicking into a two to three goal breeze.

The opening goal, with Alan Obst’s give to Ben Bussell, who kicked accurately was a predictor of much of what was to come.

Central entered their forward line on a couple of occasions, but the immense Doggy pressure resulted in a couple of rushed behinds.

Eventually Tommy Dunne gathered off hands and scored the first for Gawler, in what was to prove to be one of the very few sightings of him for the match.

Although the Bulldogs had more quality skills when Brad Mercer converted from a good ball from skipper, Clint Hill, the Tigers momentarily hit the lead.

After a couple of poor misses from Ben Cummings and Darren Shillabeer, a lovely pass from Obst to Shillabeer, resulted in a goal and the Doggies regaining the lead.

A great snap from Matt Stelzer and another Shillabeer goal had the lead extended to two goals, into the wind, at quarter time.

The Barossa intensity and pressure was creating real problems for the Tigers.

Leadership from skipper, Adam Spencer; vice-captain, Todd Miles and the strength and courage of Ben Cummings was the major difference.

A great ball out of the centre from Cummings found Jaydn Goodfellow who marked and goaled to get the Doggies away to a brilliant second quarter start.

With Nathan Casboult, resembling the Great Wall of China, in defence for the Dogs, the Tigers found the going almost impossible and didn’t enter their 50 metre circle until well into the second half of the quarter. 

Bussell to Shillabeer to Miles and the Dogs had another major. Shillabeer, despite collecting a hit to the head and appearing groggy, marked and scored again.

The desperate attack on the ball, was perfectly illustrated by an ugly head clash between Bullies’, Matt Stelzer and Ben Cummings, resulting in both retiring for a short period.

There was too much pressure on the Tigers and they weren’t handling it all that well.

Eventually, late in the term, Dylan Bell snapped truly to give the Tigers their only goal for the quarter.

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.