Sport

Bulldogs up to the challenge

By Cobram Courier

Taking on the Picola and District Football League’s reigning premier, Strathmerton’s seniors were looking for a response from the playing group after suffering their first loss the week before.

With a large crowd at Rennie providing a great atmosphere, Strathmerton was up to the challenge with inaccurate kicking for goal about the only thing which did not go to plan.

There were plenty of four-quarter performers, including captain Adrian Crestani, Shannon Emmett, Zach Connell and Matty Shannon, who all played exceptional.

Zeke Bunge continues to go from strength to strength in his new role and was starting to look comfortable as was Mick Laidlaw, who slotted through another three majors.

Reserves

Another road trip for the club saw the BUlldogs take on Rennie and, for a second week in a, row the boys got off to a slow start, kicking against the breeze.

After the first quarter the boys got into the groove and moved the ball well in patches.

Onballers Trent Collyer, Brock Palmer and Zac Wagner worked hard all day, while big Christian Durhing played his best game for the club, taking the number one ruck roll.

Skipper Josh Beer again good as was Tritta Magjwick up forward.

The Hoppers at home awaits the side and players will be looking for a fast start.

Thirds

No-one thought the wind would be everyone’s main opposition in the weekend’s clash with Rennie.

The boys came out hard early and finished the first quarter with a two-goal lead but Rennie was not just going to roll over.

It was a hard-fought match with the welcome return of Mitch Payne to give us some strength in the middle.

It was a battle of the two top sides with the young dogs managing to hold of a final quarter fight back to come out victors.

Awards to M. Payne, A. Macfadyen, D. Patmore, J. Payne and R. Wyatt.

Fourths

The young dogs made the journey to Rennie to face a side full of talent and ready for the game.

The first quarter saw the backline under full pressure for the first time is year and showed Rennie was ready to play.

Ryan Wyatt was holding strong on a very good opponent with Cody Harris-Cunningham and Harry Spicer helping out as much as they could, against the wind, to defend the goals.

The second quarter saw the side with the wind, but the boys could not manage to break the Rennie defence to get into their forward line and score some needed majors.

The third and fourth quarters saw Rennie with most of the play, but to Strathmerton’s credit, the players stopped the scoring and proved they could stay with one of the best sides in the competition.

This should give players the confidence to know they can compete with top teams.

Thanks to Nathan McNair for umpiring, Macca in the goals and Tanya Bell time keeping.

Awards: Caleb Wilson (Strathy Pizza), Cody Harris-Cunningham (Subway), Harry Spicer (women’s committee), Adam Brown (Maccas $10), Ryan Wyatt (coach’s award).