dogged win for the bullies

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All bets are off. The HFA 2015 premiership season is officially wide open after the Gidge Bulldogs took down the Chidlow Cougars in a ‘heart stopper’ this weekend. And that’s good for Hills footy fans.

IMG_2876The Cougars slipped last week (round 8) going down in a thriller to the Parkerville Bushrangers. This week the Cougars seemed back in their familiar groove, kicking 5 straight (6.1) in the first quarter for a 23 point lead at the first change. The Bulldogs posted 2.2 (14).

With the Bullsbrook Saints brutal smashing of the Bulldogs last week it seemed the Gidge era was over.

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The second quarter featured the Cougars at their best and a clean end-to-end rebound goal from their defensive goal line. A faultless transition saw the ball swept wide through the flanks, zig and zag through the centre, stretching the Bulldogs defences before being speared to Cougars forward Shane Fitzgerald who finished truly. It was the kind of play that makes Hills football magic and the kind of goal that can make the opposition hang their heads.

IMG_2725 But playing coach Justin Pitt rallied his Bullies and they responded with raised intensity. They applied more of the physical pressure they’re famous for, kicking 3.8 for the quarter. The Cougars kicked 3.3 to retain a 12 point lead into the main break.

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The Bulldogs charged from the get-go in the third and immediately reduced the margin to a single 6 point kick. Gidge booted 3.2 in a tough contest while the Cougars clung on adding 2.2 to hold a 6 point lead into the final change.

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The last quarter was a bruising, exhausting battle for supremacy with more at stake for the season than just 4 championship points.

In dry, warm conditions both teams struggled to breach each others desperate defences. The Cougars scored twice for two points (0.2) while the

Bulldogs penetrated 5 times for a 1.4 (10) return.

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The Bullies 9.15 (69) snatched a thrilling 2 point last quarter victory over the Cougars 10.7 (67) and threw the season wide open.

This is easily the tightest HFA season in memory. Parkerville, Pickering Brook, Gidge and the Cougars are now all in contention for the 2015 premiership.

As well as this, both Mundaring Roos and the Mt Helena Lions have begun to show signs of improvement and could create an upset before the seasons over.

Enjoy!

 

In other HFA games;

Parkerville 17.14 (116) d. Mt Helena 11.17 (73)

Bullsbrook 18.9    (117) d. Mundaring 13.7 (89)

 

HFA Ladder

 

 

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