Reigning premiers Bridgetown survive scare against sixth-placed Imperials in LSWFL clash

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Bridgetown’s Hugh Mitchell launches the ball forward from midfield.
Camera IconBridgetown’s Hugh Mitchell launches the ball forward from midfield. Credit: Ben Loughran/RegionalHUB

Reigning premiers Bridgetown survived a scare against sixth-placed Imperials at the weekend in the LSWFL to claim a come-from-behind 12-point win.

Bridgetown trailed at every break of the match at the Manjimup Recreation Ground on Sunday, but kicked six goals to three in the final term to take home a gutsy 12.14 (86) to 11.8 (74) win.

The Imperials got the jump on the visitors, kicking four goals to zero in the first term to lead by 19 points at the first change.

The Bulldogs worked their way back into the game in the second quarter, keeping the Magpies goalless and kicking three of their own to trail by just a point at the main break.

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Bridgetown continued to struggle in front of goal in the third quarter and went into the final change trailing 8.6 (54) to 6.14 (50), but they found their kicking boots in the last term, kicking six goals straight to storm home to victory.

Imperials' Heath Bernardin loads up a kick.
Camera IconImperials' Heath Bernardin loads up a kick. Credit: Josh Sunderland/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Elsewhere, Kojonup and Boyup Brook claimed big wins to stay in the hunt for a top-two spot.

The Cougars hosted the cellar dwelling Tigers in Kojonup on Saturday and led at every break to win 19.16 (130) to 7.5 (47).

Four goals to Cougars’ Cayden Clinch and Lee Lucev, and three majors to Mitchell Blakers, Henry Hawker and Matthew Marinoni helped get the Kojonup side home over the struggling Tigers.

Boyup Brook stormed home after trailing at quarter time to run away with a 40-point victory over Southerners.

The Southerners started well, kicking 6.2 (38) to 5.2 (32) in the first term to lead the home side, but only kicked another four goals for the match as the Roos raced away.

Boyup Brook piled on 11 goals after quarter time and eventually won 16.13 (109) to 10.9 (69).

The Roos will be hoping for another win on Sunday when they travel to play the Tigers, while Bridgetown host Kojonup on Saturday and Imperials face Deanmill.

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