What a difference a week makes!
After a couple of poor weeks the Bulls wandered their way down to Alphington to take on Parkside. Parkside had been the big improvers of late, coming within a point of Box Hill and Canterbury. With finals coming into sharp focus, it was an important game for both teams.
In what was a very even game for the first 3 quarters, the Bulls stormed home to claim the 4 points. In the first half it was Luke “Police Academy” Mahoney making his debut who made a big impact. He utilized his athleticism to create contest after contest and give opportunities to his on-ballers. “Can’t wear a skivvie” Geary and Richard “Knee” Dowsett capitalised on the loose ball providing plenty of run and dash through the centre corridor.
In the second half it was again Brad “Margaret” Court who provided a focal point up front. Snagging 8 majors, his opponents struggled to match his aggression at the ball. He was ably assisted by the remaining “B” brothers, Beau Branch, Brad Dancer. These boys provided the grunt behind a polished display, and made sure to grind the game out to a great victory for the Bulls.
The seniors played a rough and tumble game of football. The Bulls had spoken throughout the week about dictating the game to their opponents, and showing them what it was to play Bulls footy. That is, to be hard at the ball, hard in the contest, and ruthless in attack. The Bulls welcomed back the Davis brothers and Ben Kennedy debuted in the 1’s.
The first quarter belonged to the Bulls. In a high scoring quarter, in which 10 majors were kicked, 7 belonged to the boys from Brunswick. Jarryd “Red Rug-Rat” Dimarco continued his blistering form and provided class and poise out of the backline. Additionally, in one of his best games for the club Gus “Angry Barber” Selaidinakos provided run, flair and an avenue to goal for the fast moving Bulls.
The second was more of an arm-wrestle with both sides struggling to gain momentum. The skipper Simon Mair showed why he is a leader at the club, and provided the steel in the contest. Artie “The Terminator” Tsiaris continued his good form and repelled every attack, whilst giving interest on every hard fought possession. All in all a good half for the Bulls who led into the main break 60-41
The second half was one of strength from the Bulls. Whilst this was not completely reflected on the scoreboard, it was represented in the attitude of the players. With the Twin Tower Toms out of action, it was Big Ben Gallagher that stood up. Not only did he pinch hit in the ruck, but he also snagged 6 majors of his own. Overall it was a great performance by the boys, and one which we hope to replicate as we take on the Box Hill Demons this week.