The Bullants have fallen in a tight contest for the second week running falling at home to Emmaus St Leos by 3 points in gusty conditions. The loss puts the Bullants with the middle of the pack now with the top 4 leaders starting to gain a small advantage over the rest of the competition.
A slow start to the game may have cost the the Bullants the four points in the end and now a game plus percentage out of the top four. The Bullants were scratchy from the start and didnt look themselves on a very windy day at Ted Ajani Reserve. Struggling to gain any ascendancy in the middle of the ground battle, the Bullants struggled to deliver to their main targets in the forward 50. Emmaus took advantage of this kicking with the wind as they were peppering the goals eventually kicking the opening two of the game. The Bullants managed to get a goal back against the flow of the game, but looking at the quarter time scoreboard it was Emmaus with all the opportunities having 8 shots to 3.
The Bullants would need to assert themselves on the game in the second quarter if they wanted to stay in touch with the game and not allow Emmaus to hold them this quarter or worse extend their quarter time lead. Unfortunately a lack luster Bulleen side didn’t capatalise and only managed two behinds for the quarter whilst their opponents kicked the only goal of the term to extend the lead to 17 points at the main break.
A spirited Anthony Palmer tried to rally his troops at the break highlighting that the side before him was a much better side then the display they had shown in the opening half. The halftime rev up seemed to have kick the Bullants into gear kicking the opening goal of the third quarter within the first minute. The Bullants were looking the goods as they started to dominate the game quarter in all areas of the game. Their ball movement off the back line and through the middle was damaging for Emmaus and could stop the five goals the Bullants pilled on in the term. The confidence was high going into the last quarter after a 17 point deficit at half time was turned into an 7 point three quarter time lead.
The final quarter was a struggle for most of the time. The game broke open late in the quarter with Emmaus all but crushing a spirited Bullant fightback form the third term. In what seemed a short quarter, the siren went and Emmaus had fought off a burnt out Bullant side holding on by 3 points in the end.
BTAFC – 7.8-50
Emmaus St Leos – 7.11-53
Goal Kickers: J. Cowell 3, P. Schwalger, E. Mainieri, S. Lambropoulos, O. Aziz
Best Players: B. Wilson, R. Edsall, O. Aziz, J. Cowell, E. Mainieri, B. McLaughlin