The Bridgetown Bulldogs sent a message to the rest of the Lower South West Football League on Sunday afternoon with a monstrous 98-point win against the Imperials. The two sides, being the two most recent premiers in league history, met for a huge round one clash at the Imperials Football Oval looking to set the pace for the 2021 season. The first quarter saw strong contested battles between the two teams but the Bulldogs seemed to have better connection with their forwards, creating 15 shots on goal. Luckily for the Imperials, Bridgetown were mostly inaccurate in the first term, kicking nine behinds and just four majors. The start of the second quarter saw a rejuvenated Imperials side start to fight back and put together some clean stretches of play which led to scores, but the Bulldogs could not be deterred and still managed five goals to the Imperials’ three, giving them a 32-point lead heading into the long break. However, it was more bad news for the Imperials after the break, as Bridgetown piled on nine goals in the third quarter, as forwards Jordan Jupp, who finished with nine goals for the game, and Brett Wilson, who finished with eight, absolutely lit up the scoreboard. The Imperials worked hard to stem the bleeding and did not give up until the final siren, but the Bulldogs midfielders were able to dominate the centre-bounce clearances and kicked another nine goals in the fourth term, with a final score of 180-82. Bridgetown will now host Kojonup at home this Saturday, while Imperials head to Deanmill for a battle with the Hawks.