After an entertaining first half of football, the Bullants were blown away by a skillful Preston side in the second half and claiming their first defeat of the year.
The Bullants had the breeze the opening quarter of their clash with Preston and were controlling all the early play around the contest’s and stoppages. Being a small ground end to end, the Bullants needed to capitalise with having the wind in the first and to try and get some score distance between them and Preston at the first change. It was a very tight and hard contest in the first and the Bullants had the narrowest of margins over Preston at the first break.
With Preston having the wind in the second and advantage of knowing how to play their ground, they quickly came out of the blocks to score a goal in the opening minute to get them back into the lead. Preston started to show why they were dubbed premiership favourites this year with explosive running and delivery to their forwards creating heaps of goal opportunities. Creating a few goal lead it seemed like Preston were about to kick away when a few late goals against the wind to the Bullants kept them in the contest at half time only trailing by 2 points.
The second half was underway and again Preston kicked the opening goal of the term in the first minute to extend their lead to 8 points. Over the next few minutes of the quarter the signs were pointing to Preston kicking away as their run and carry off the backline and through the middle were seeming too impossible to stop. Preston dominated the third term on their home deck kicking 7 goals to 4 against the breeze and what seemed to be a match winning lead.
Key injuries to some midfield runners for the Bullants saw them struggle to keep up with Preston in the last term and rarely had any scoring chances and were finding it difficult to keep the boys in Red entering their forward 50. With Preston pilling on another 8 goals this time with breeze saw them run out healthy winners in the two teams first ever contest by 72 points.
Goal Kickers: A. Lucisano 4, J. Cowell 3, L. Bruce, R. Edsall, N. Palumbo
Best Players: A. Lucisano, N. Palumbo, J. Cowell, B. Tourogianis, K. Mattiuzzo, R. Edsall
BTAFC 10.8.68 def by Preston Bullants 21.14.140