Deanmill Hawks upset the Bridgetown Bulldogs by 41 points in LSWFL round three

Ben LoughranManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown player Hugh Mitchell lauches the ball forward from the midfield.
Camera IconBridgetown player Hugh Mitchell lauches the ball forward from the midfield. Credit: Ben Loughran/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Deanmill Hawks have stamped their authority on the Lower South West Football League after a stunning performance saw them beat the Bridgetown Bulldogs by 41 points, 19.12 (126) to 13.7 (85), in round three on Sunday.

The Hawks were brilliant from start to finish during the match and early on set the tempo for the game which was unusual for Bridgetown who have dominated the league in recent years.

Right from the first siren, the Hawks were winning every ruck and every contested ball in the midfield and launching it into danger zones in their attacking areas.

The Hawks nearly doubled their opponent’s score in the first term and as the first siren sounded the scoreline had Deanmill up 6.2 (38) to Bridgetown’s 3.3 (21).

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In the second quarter Bridgetown managed to fight their way back into the match but the Hawks always kept them at arms-length.

Both sides nearly matched each other point for point in the second term and impressive games from Brock Tempra and Nick Gleeson in the midfield stopped the Bulldogs from getting back into the match.

The notable absence of Bridgetown midfielder Brendon White ended up hurting the home team who were over run through the middle of the park at times.

When both teams went in for the half time break the score card had the Hawks up 10.5 (65) to Bridgetown’s 7.5 (47).

After the break, the Bulldogs came out with a whole new motivation and nearly caught the Hawks sleeping as multiple attacks led to multiple goals for the home team.

Five goals in the third period meant the Bulldogs came very close to edging their way back into the match, however Deanmill were able to do just enough to remain ahead.

Going into the final period the Hawks led by just seven points and with it all to play for put in an amazing quarter.

Six goals in the final quarter saw the Hawks seal a great victory over the reigning league champions and as the final siren sounded the Hawks walked away winners by 41 points.

The best players for Deanmill included Jaxon East, Kester Decke, Courtney East, Brock Tempra, Joshua Reeve and Ryan Gandy while the Bulldogs’ top performers included Hugh Mitchell, Dylan McKay, Matt Wheatley, Callum Jupp and William Masters.

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