Bulldogs hold on to win as Roos issue challenge
The Belt-Up northern derby between Bridgetown Bulldogs and Boyup Brook Roos produced one of the most memorable games in recent times with a thrilling one point win for the Bulldogs in Bridgetown on Saturday.
This nail-biting end was courtesy of burly Bulldogs full forward Rodney Jetta, who stood his ground in a one-on-one contest to snatch a strong mark and then steer home a six-pointer to seal the victory 15.5 (95) to 15.4 (94)
Despite the exciting conclusion, the Bulldogs held sway for most of the day, especially in the centre where they profited from the ruck work of Connor McCamish, who fed the likes of Jack Bridgland, Reece Ralston and Jake Andersson to spearhead constant attacks.
The home side also gained traction up forward where Matt Wheatley, Levi Rohan and Sam Van Dieman combined to keep the goals flowing for an 18-point half-time lead.
The Roos’ work rate at all contests was the key factor in them remaining in the game, especially in their defensive half where Josh Quinn was in outstanding form, while Luke Riley, Braiden McMullen, William Higham and Kaiden Aitken all provided the drive to keep them within striking distance.
Adam North was dangerous up forward for the Roos and, in tandem with McKenzi Nix, ensured the Bulldogs’ defence was kept on alert.
Despite trailing all day, the Roos rocketed home with a six-goal final term that had spectators from both sides on the edge of their seats.
In a frenetic quarter of football, the Roos had somehow worked to take the lead, with North slamming home four goals.
However, a wonderful captain’s goal from Bulldogs’ Jack Bridgland and the heroics of Jetta finally settled the result to the delight of the delirious Bulldogs supporters who were in full voice when the siren sounded.
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