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For a while, the Bullsbrook Saints seemed to be following their semi final form, surging away from Gidgegannup in the first quarter to wrestle an early two goal lead.

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Briefly, for the first time in years it looked like the HFA powerhouse Gidge Bulldogs may miss a Grand Final. But that moment passed.

Bullsbrook had been awesome in their semi final appearance against the more fancied Parky Bushrangers. The Bushrangers had their chances, but a woeful 2.7 shooting tally in the second quarter saw the Saints hold a 4 point lead into the half time change.

After a strong season the Bushrangers looked lost for answers against the Saints who put them away with a devastating 5 goal to nil third quarter.

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And so at Mundaring Oval on Sunday, as the Gidge Bulldogs and the Bullsbrook Saints ran on to battle for a grand final berth there were more than a few in the crowd (based on the Saints semi final form) who predicted a ‘new order’ could be on the cards.

As mentioned already, for the first half of the first quarter, Bullsbrook took up where they left off last week and the Saint’s fans hopes were high.

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Then Gidge came to life. Although the Saints had surrendered their lead, they were still well in it at the first change to trail by only two points.

The Saints were soundly beaten in the second quarter (1 goal to 5). In the third they scored more evenly against the opposition, a respectable 4 goals to 5.

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However, things were about to go from bad to worse for the Saints.

Perhaps it was a salve to the Bulldogs wounded pride after their defeat by the Cougars in their previous semi, because now they refused the Saints any mercy.

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They punished the poor Saints, putting them to the sword in a withering, raging, ruthless eight goal last quarter assault. The Saints would not be allowed a single measly point by the Bulldog juggernaut.

So ended the Saint’s season. Gidge’s parting to gift to the Saints?….. ‘a little something’ to think about in their off season.

Gidgegannup Bulldogs 22.13 (145)   d.  Bullsbrook Saints  9.2 (56)

With the decks cleared (and new form found) the Bulldogs move on to the big game, a re-match of a re-match of a re-match, against their arch foes, the Chidlow Cougars. This will be the third season in a row these teams have faced off for the premiership title.

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To put it politely, there is no love lost between these two sides. Gidge fans will remember well the pain (and some say controversy) of the final few seconds of the 2014 Grand Final.  Chidlow fans too need no reminding of their heart break and the sudden end of their high flying 2013 premiership campaign, again at the hands of the Bulldogs.

This game will be a blockbuster.  Sunday September 20, Pickering Brook Oval at 2.00pm

 

Cougars v Bulldogs semi final recap

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After an even first half  in their semi final with Chidlow and Gidge were seperated by only 3 points. But then the Bulldogs were blown away by a rampaging Cougars eight goal third quarter ‘blitzkrieg’. Nothing could stop Brett McKinlay, double teamed as he was, who owned the forward line with swagger to kick 11 goals.

Chidlow Cougars  14.9 (93)   d. Gidgegannup Bulldogs  6.12 (48)

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