The Warners Bay Bulldogs were welcomed to Adelaide Street Oval by Killarney Vale, with Warners Bay needing to secure finals, unfortunately it was not to be that way.
The first quarter was a tight contest with both the Dogs and Bombers coming out firing. The first goal of the game went to the Bombers and was followed up by a quick second goal. Leigh Anderson was able to reply with a quick goal for the Dogs. Dave Maione returned to the Black Diamond Plate with a kick that legends are made of. With the ball in dispute deep in our backline and close to the bounday, he decided that the ball needed a thorough soaking as he channelled his inner world cup soccer star kicking the ball out of mid-air booting it out on the full, over thick shrub and into the creek, much to the amusement of everyone watching on. At the end of the first quarter the score was Bombers 27 to Bulldogs 8
The second quarter was as hard fought as the first with the Bulldogs scoring the first three goals. One kicked by Daniel Gray and Leigh Anderson getting the other two. The Bombers soon replied with three goals of their own. The score at half time was Bombers in front 46 to Bulldogs 27.
The next two quarters were equally as challenging with Bulldogs held goalless in the third quarter. The fabulously braided Murray Younger looked a picture kicking a goal in the fourth quarter in what was his 50th game for the Bulldogs, and was seen eating a pink cupcake at the end of the game to make sure he was energized for the big bus trip home with the boys.
The score did not reflect how hard the Bulldogs played, at the end of the game the score was Bombers (94) to Bulldogs (33). Best players for the Bulldogs were L. Dennis, I. Bird, N. Pattey, D. Lincoln, M. Younger, and L. Needham.
In Premier Grade, Killarney Vale came out firing in the first quarter and put the dogs under the pump from the get go with strong tackling, good pressure and hard running. The dogs were able to repel the pressure and keep the bombers goaless however also struggled to hit the scoreboard only kicking one goal for the quarter. The second quarter was similar to the first with both sides making silly mistakes, poor decision making and wasteful kicking.
After a rev up from Coach Reiman at half time, the boys came out on top for the first 10 minutes of the quarter. The dominance was short lived with the Bombers kicking the next few to create a 20 point buffer going into the final term. The Dogs could not reel the Bombers back in for the final quarter and eventually went down by 22 points. It was a disappointing day for the dogs with poor discipline and decision making due to the Killarney Vale pressure costing the team. On a tough day for the dogs, the team was best served by Nick Turner, Riley Warner, Kayne Gibbs, Luke Roach and Oscar Anderson.
Next week the Premier Grade will take on Lake Macquarie at Teralba whilst the Ressies and ladies will travel to Bateau Bay.