The first half of this traditional rivalry indicated that this match was going to be yet another classic albeit Prahran leading by 4 goals at half time.
A tight first quarter played out as both teams went goal for goal in the opening 25 minutes of the game and both teams were tied at 19 points a piece. The Bullants however dropped their guard for the last few minutes of the quarter and the Two Blues kicked 2 in a minute to lead at quarter time by 2 goals. Although being yet another tight quarter in the second, Prahran managed to kick two more goals then the Bullants in the term to lead by a handy four goals on a stunning Melbourne afternoon at Toorak Park. Although the Bullants had been sloppy in the first half and trailed at the main break, the belief was there that they had the leg speed and pressure to challenge Prahran in the second half.
After the opening 13 minutes of the third quarter being an arm wrestle, the Bullants finally broke the deadlock and kicked the opening goal of the quarter to get back within 3 goals of the Two Blues. Florance and youngster Liam Ireland were doing everything to edge the Bullants closer to Prahran but just couldnt get the score on the board an a late Prahran goal put the margin back out to four goals heading into the last quarter.
Although the last quarter was a free flowing affair with an abundance of goals, the Bullants couldnt counter punch the bigger bodies of the Prahran side as they kicked 8 goals to 4 in the final quarter to run out winners by 53 points. Although a late controversial play was missed by the interchange steward with Prahran having 19 men on the park for 30 seconds with minutes to play in the game, the Bullants were beated by a better side on the day and will need to regroup for next week’s tough assignment against undefeated Kew Bears back at Ted Ajani.
Prahran Assumption AFC – 18.13-121
Bulleen Templestowe AFC – 10.8-68