Match Report: NBFC v Parkside

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.

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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.

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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.

Until then…

Round 9: Westbourne v NBFC

What a beautiful day it was on Saturday. The sun was shining, the grass was freshly mowed and the scent of Autumn lingered over the Westbourne Ground. Even more astounding was that the normally gusty wind had taken the day off and left a still calm across Truganina.

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The Brunswick reserves were left on the starting grid as Westbourne slammed on the gas. Although the Bulls chased, tackled and harassed, they were always one step behind their more fancied opponents. Nick “Not the Vosscopter” Rosser plied his platted ponytail and pounced on any opportunity to give the Bulls a chance. He was ably supported by Ben “J.F.” Kennedy who toiled hard against the barrage of the Westbourne attack. But in spite of their best efforts the Bulls went into the main break 12.6 to 1.4 down.

With tall forward Geoff Ridding and Brad Courts missing from the line-up, the Bulls were finding avenues to goal hard to spot. Down back Brunswick were under constant pressure. The bullocking James Hayes asserted his presence on the contest by knocking back wave after wave of the relentless tide overwhelming the defence. Jarrad Bendall fought hard and made the Grammarians earn up to their last possession, but ultimately spent the day chasing the ball carrier.

In a hard fought contest the Bulls were went down, but never gave up, epitomising the Brunswick fighting spirit.

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The Senior game was reminiscent of the reserves, in fact the writer considered a complete copy and paste. Westbourne fired early and slammed home 9 majors to the Bulls lone goal in an overwhelming first quarter. The Bulls were torn apart by the Grammarians overlapping run and found themselves flat-footed against the onslaught. Collins was on song and quickly snagged some easy goals to build his confidence.

The second quarter was disastrous for the Bulls. In what appeared to be a routine marking contest Matthew “Delly” Santo put an end to his promising season. Sustaining a severe injury the Dalmation was out for the remainder of the game, and indeed the remainder of the season.

Further to the Bulls woes Eamon “McLeary” McErvale also required treatment on his knee which received a serious knock early in the contest. The Bulls ended the half 17.7 to 3.0, a lot of ground to make up.

The second half should give all Bulls players and supporters confidence. Although Brunswick was outplayed, the boys stuck together and managed to put some respect on the scoreboard. With debutants Manus and Keegan fighting hard, they showed some of the more experienced players how to play with passion. Simon Mair, in his first game back from injury provided leadership and steel to an under-siege backline. In fact many of the Bulls best players for the day came from the backline, as that’s where most of the ball was. Tom Leary provided relief out of defence, whilst Scott Rymer battled hard against a rampant Collins with a never-ending supply ball from the middle.

While the Bulls won the final quarter, it was far too little too late. They were simply outplayed by a classy Westbourne outfit.

Next week we play Parkside in a must-win game. Bring. It. On.

#BullsPride2015.

Until Next week…