Another fourth quarter fade out and loss from the Bullants may have all but ended their chance to play finals this year but it has looked to have set another challenge for the club, and that is to stay in Division 1. The loss see’s the injury riddled Bullants sitting second bottom (one win clear of Yarra Valley) and one win behind Whitefriars and Prahran Assumption. Albeit next year is the halfway point of the season, it doesn’t get any easier when they take on undefeated Ormond, the Bullants will need to regroup in the second half and keep themselves in the division.
The Bullants started the game off in outstanding fashion on Saturday afternoon at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat. The tackling ferocity was A grade causing turnover’s from NOB’S/St Pat’s and generating the first three goals of the game to the Bullants. After the halfway mark on the first NOB’s started to get their game going and managed to kick four goals in the blink of an eye to take a two goal lead heading into the first break.
A quick goal from NOBS to start the second quarter gave them the perfect start and extended their lead over the Bullants even more. The term was much of a stalemate quarter with the Bullants kick three goals of their own. Trailing by 13 points going into the half time break, the belief was there with the squad that they could overrun NOB’s in the second half.
The third quarter was again a real arm wrestle till about the 20 minute mark when the Bullants piled on three late goals to somehow take a 2 point lead going into the final quarter. With their tails up going into the final huddle of the afternoon, the boys could really smell a victory here and take the four points back home to Melbourne.
Unfortunately for the boys in Blue & Gold it was not to be. Another last quarter fade out allowing NOB’s to kick six goals to the Bullants one had cost the side a very valuable four points and a very somber bus ride home to Ted Ajani.
NOB’s/St’Pats – 16.11-107
Bulleen Templestowe – 11.12-78