Final Quarter surge secures Bulldogs win

Bulldogs coach Brad Grogan issues instructions at quarter time. Images: Brendan Bowers

Brendan Bowers

It took the Brothers Bulldogs the entire match to run down Bay Power in the AFL Wide Bay Senior competition on Saturday. The Bulldogs won by a narrow two-point margin of 8.2-50 to 7.6-48.

Bay Power started strongly, taking an eight-point lead into the first break.

A better second quarter by the visitors leading by three at the main break before Bay Power stormed back in the third term.

A solid 19-point final term secured the win for Brothers.

Coach Brad Grogan told his team before the match that it would be a tough encounter.

“We had to kick late goals to get the win and credit to Bay Power, who played well,” Grogan said.

In the other round match, an under-strength Hervey Bay Bombers travelled to Bundaberg to play the ATW Eagles.

Missing several players and needing reserve players to fill in, the Bombers continued their winning ways with a15.16-106 to 2.2-14 victory.

Bombers coach Troy Ignatenko believes the club’s depth got them through.

“We were good in the air, and David Lever set up the match for us in the first quarter,” Ignatenko said.

Ben Holland kicked six majors for the Bombers and was supported by Lever, who kicked four, and Hudson Navez joined in with three.

This week both matches will be in Bundaberg, with the Bulldogs hosting the Bombers in a top-of-the-table clash while ATW host Bay Power.

In reserves, the Bombers accounted for ATW 15.9-99 to 1.1-7, while Bay Power defeated the Maryborough Bears 12.5-77 to 4.6-30.