The Bullants finals aspirations have taken a massive blow today with a lack of scoring power costing them four points and the opportunity to keep in touch with the top four after a 23 points loss to Yarra Valley in wet and windy conditions at Doncaster Reserve.
Both teams failed to score a major in the opening term as conditions were effecting both sides as the opening quarter was a midfield and defensive slog with the teams only sitting on two and one points respectively with the Bushrangers holding the narrow lead. With a slight breeze now in Yarra’s favor, they took full advantage of it outscoring the Bullants in the second term having eleven more shots on goal and holding a handy 13 point leading heading into the break in atrocious conditions.
With the Bullants season virtually on the line, they put up a brave fight in the third term but were failing to capitalize on the scoreboard and only brought the margin down by two points heading into the crucial final term.
Unfortunately opportunities that were lost in the third term came back to haunt the Bullants in the last as Yarra Valley dominated the last quarter on their home deck kicking away from the Bullants early and finishing with a four goal win to put them back in the top four and all but crush the Bullants hopes of playing finals this year.
BTAFC – 3.9-27
Yarra Valley – 6.14-50
Goal Kickers: B. McLaughlin, J. Cowell, H. Vogler
Best Players: C. Burridge, J. Cowell, R. Edsall, N. Palumbo, C. Galapi, D. Dakin