Starting slow against a side that is undefeated and sitting equal top is never a good if you are thinking of being competitive and causing an upset. Unfortunately for the Bullants, that is exactly what happened on a windy Saturday afternoon at Ted Ajani Reserve.
Kicking with the wind at Ted Ajani always tends to be an 3-4 goal advantage and that is exactly what Ormond did in the first quarter blasting out of the blocks having 11 shots to 1 in the first term and what eventually ended up being a match winning lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was a blistery affair with the strong wind controlling what was happening in the game. Usual suspects for the Bullants like Vogler and Florance were trying their best running off the half back and midfield to try and keep the side in the game at half time. The Bullants managed to kick two goals in the term, but much to the scoreboards reflection, Ormond another 11 shots on goal in the term and managed to kick four of their own to extend the margin at the main break.
Although training by 7 goals going into the third term. The message at the break from coach Anthony Palmer was that he was confident that the side could muscle their way back into the game and cause an upset this afternoon. Although Ormond had 8 shorts to 3 in the third term, it was very much an arm wrestle quarter with the margin hardly moving at all with Ormond holding that 7 goal lead going into the last term.
With Ormond thinking the game was pretty much rapped up, they seemed to take their foot off the pedal in the last term allowing the Bullants side to control most of the quarter. A flurry of goals half way through the quarter got the Bullants within 4 goals of the ladder leader and a slight flicker off hope that they could kick a few more goals and pull off the upset of the year. It was not to be as the Ormond side tightened up and managed to kick the dagger goal to eventually win the game by 29 points.
The Bullants going into the mid-season break sitting 1-7 after eight rounds and second last on the ladder and in very dangerous territory. The boys will need to reground over the next two weeks and devise a plan to resurrect their season against St Mary’s in two weeks time which is the only team they have beaten this season.
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