it’s on! gidge v chidlow in grand final

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A determined Gidgegannup Bulldogs crushed premiership contenders Pickering Brook Hawks in the HFA Preliminary Final and will move on to meet Chidlow Cougars in the Grand Final.

The Hawks had good reason to believe it might be them who had the best chance of progressing to the Grand Final. This season they had already beaten Gidge and they also came within a whisker of knocking over the undefeated Cougars. But it’s hard to forget Gidge are hardened finals campaigners and the most dominant premiership force of the past decade – and although Gidge suffered 3 losses this season, (unusual by their lofty standards) premierships have become an almost mundane expectation. In this pre-lim final the Bulldogs made clear – they’re in no mood to surrender.

The Bulldogs broke out to establish a solid lead by quarter time and ruthlessly strangled the Hawks forward supply. When the Hawks could get a shot away it was a scrambled and desperate effort that was reflected in an horrific shooting ratio. By half time the Hawks were being throttled and held down to a suffocating 1 goal 8 points.

For all of that, the Hawks exhibited some great skills and running plays in this hard fought encounter – and if you ignored the scoreboard – an observer may have called the game even. While the battle of the midfield was pretty much a draw, the Bulldogs big forwards were shooting straight from range. The Hawks were forced to drop the ball deeper to their goal line leaving the Bulldogs defenders with at least an even chance – and often a damaging rebound.

By the final siren Gidgegannup Bulldogs 14.13 (97) defeated Pickering Brook Hawks 7.15 (57).

The HFA Preliminary final was a high standard match played in perfect footy conditions at Chidlow Oval. Gidge Bulldogs have clearly left their best to last and the Chidlow players who watched the game may have an anxious week ahead. With the HFA Grand Final now only days away, the 2013 Premiership is still impossible to call. What we can say for sure is the season behind us means nothing and that this looks set to be the best Grand Final in years.

Where: Mundaring Oval, Weir Road Mundaring

When: Sunday September 15, 2:00pm

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The Hawks fought back hard after half time and some fans sensed a comeback. Although the Hawks were now converting majors – the Bulldogs had the answers and the gap was not to be closed.

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One Comment

  1. big ears says:

    I’ve seen PB play better but I agree that Gidgee look very strong.

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