Strathmerton’s first goal in the first 15 seconds of the game against the Hoppers set the tone for the rest of the match.
Despite their best efforts, the Yarroweyah boys were unable to hold the Bulldogs’ midfield, which set up countless opportunities for their forwards, with Tom Campbell kicking nine and Lewis O’Sullivan putting in a nice cameo performance up forward, slotting eight in a 33.24 (222) to 3.4 (22) demolition.
It was a quiet day for most of the Strathmerton defenders due to any Yarroweyah attacks being easily repelled by Adrian Crestani and Matt Shannon.
Strathmerton was blessed with a few old boys returning for a game to help out.
It was good to see names such as Powles and Walker back in the red, white and blue, even if most of them didn’t make half-time.
The game against the Hoppers wasn’t the best to watch, due partly to the weather. However, the deep rivalry between the two sides produced a physical and reasonably close game.
Strathmerton’s two-goal first quarter ended up being the difference, with Yarroweyah coming home with better legs.
The later start did not make it any warmer for the youngsters to take to the ground.
Strathmerton was hoping to make it two wins in a row when it took on Yarroweyah.
The Bulldogs got off to the right start, with Cody Edgar showing heaps of endeavour all around the ground.
Will Large provided a needed target up forward and before long both he and Jayden Edgar had a goal each.
The second quarter saw Ben Lee-Madjwick getting the ball out of the middle and driving it into the forward line to find Josh Payne, who kicked a goal.
In the third term the Bulldogs demonstrated the persistence and teamwork the coaches had been asking for, resulting in two more goals.
The boys took the pressure off in the last quarter, but managed to hang on for their second win of the year.
Awards: Caleb Wilson (Strathy Pizza), Cody Edgar (Subway), Joshua Payne (ladies’ committee), Will Large (Macca’s $5), Cooper Graham (footy), Brodie Wren (Strathy encouragement $5).