Ladder leaders ease past Bullants

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The Bullants were virtually in a no contest from the opening bounce today against ladder leaders St John’s Old Boys. The premiership contenders flexed their muscles early on a wet and windy day at Ted Ajani Reserve to all but clinch the 4 points by half time.

Full report to come.

BTAFC: 4.7-31
St John’s: 14.15-99

Goal Kickers: B. McLaughlin 2, P. Schwalger, O. Aziz
Best Players: B. McLaughlin, R. Edsall, C. Galapi, S. Lambropoulos, B. Tourogianis, E. Mainieri

Losses starting to hurt

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The Bullants have lost their third consecutive game in a row as a slow start against Melbourne High School Old Boys was the difference in the match yet again as they fell by 18 points

Full match report coming soon.

MHSOB: 13.12-90
BTAFC: 10.12-72

Goal Kickers: J. Cowell 3, A. Lucisano, D. Dakin, E. Mainieri, M. Rogers, H. Vogler, K. Cherbakof, L. Wallis
Best Players: J. Cowell, B. McLaughlin, D. Dakin, E. Mainieri, C. Burridge, K. Cherbakof

 

Bullants drop close game for second week running

The Bullants have fallen in a tight contest for the second week running falling at home to Emmaus St Leos by 3 points in gusty conditions. The loss puts the Bullants with the middle of the pack now with the top 4 leaders starting to gain a small advantage over the rest of the competition.

A slow start to the game may have cost the the Bullants the four points in the end and now a game plus percentage out of the top four. The Bullants were scratchy from the start and didnt look themselves on a very windy day at Ted Ajani Reserve. Struggling to gain any ascendancy in the middle of the ground battle, the Bullants struggled to deliver to their main targets in the forward 50. Emmaus took advantage of this kicking with the wind as they were peppering the goals eventually kicking the opening two of the game. The Bullants managed to get a goal back against the flow of the game, but looking at the quarter time scoreboard it was Emmaus with all the opportunities having 8 shots to 3.

The Bullants would need to assert themselves on the game in the second quarter if they wanted to stay in touch with the game and not allow Emmaus to hold them this quarter or worse extend their quarter time lead. Unfortunately a lack luster Bulleen side didn’t capatalise and only managed two behinds for the quarter whilst their opponents kicked the only goal of the term to extend the lead to 17 points at the main break.

A spirited Anthony Palmer tried to rally his troops at the break highlighting that the side before him was a much better side then the display they had shown in the opening half. The halftime rev up seemed to have kick the Bullants into gear kicking the opening goal of the third quarter within the first minute. The Bullants were looking the goods as they started to dominate the game quarter in all areas of the game. Their ball movement off the back line and through the middle was damaging for Emmaus and could stop the five goals the Bullants pilled on in the term. The confidence was high going into the last quarter after a 17 point deficit at half time was turned into an 7 point three quarter time lead.

The final quarter was a struggle for most of the time. The game broke open late in the quarter with Emmaus all but crushing a spirited Bullant fightback form the third term. In what seemed a short quarter, the siren went and Emmaus had fought off a burnt out Bullant side holding on by 3 points in the end.

BTAFC – 7.8-50
Emmaus St Leos – 7.11-53

Goal Kickers: J. Cowell 3, P. Schwalger, E. Mainieri, S. Lambropoulos, O. Aziz
Best Players: B. Wilson, R. Edsall, O. Aziz, J. Cowell, E. Mainieri, B. McLaughlin

Bullants fall by 7 points to West Brunswick

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A wasteful Bullant side in front of goal has cost them the 4 points and a chance to consolidate themselves in the top four after a 7 point defeat at the hands of West Brunswick .

Wets Brunswick have now gone a game clear of the Bullants from this top four battle with the Bullants now having a crucial game next week against St Leos to stay in touch with the top four.

Kicking with the wind in the opening term, West Brunswick utilized their home ground advantage moving the ball seamlessly across the ground and really restricting the Bullants to any scoring opportunities. With the Bullants only managing two points against the wind in the quarter, the Magpies slotted 3 first quarter goals to have a handy lead in what was seeming to be a tight contest in blistery conditions.

The Bullants seemed a different side in the second quarter dominating the play all over the ground. Having the wind in the quarter the Bullants really needed to capitalise with the breeze but wasteful chances in front of goal cost them the lead at half time after kicking 2.8 for the quarter to the Magpies 3.3 and extending the lead by 1 point.

A rev up at half time saw the Bullants tighten the grip on West Brunswick in the third only allowing them to score 3 points with the breeze to the Bullants 1.1 reducing the margin to under 3 goals going into the last quarter with the breeze.

Unfortunately a injury depleted Bullants side could not take advantage with the breeze in the final term again wasting some opportunities in front of goal and to take the lead in the game. The Magpies managed to hold on by 7 points in the end and jump a game clear over the Bullants.

West Brunswick 7.10-52
Bulleen Templestowe AFC 5.15-45

Goal Kickers: K. Cherbakof 2, J. Cowell, A. Hodges, D. Dakin
Best Players: L. Bruce, B. Wilson, B. McLaughlin, S. Lambropoulos, J. Cowell, M. Pace

Second win of the season see Bullants back in top four

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The Bullants are back in the top four tonight after a dominant first half display against Richmond Central that set up taking the four points today at Ted Ajani Reserve.

After a disappointing loss to the Preston Bullants a fortnight before the Bullants wanted to come out a redeem themselves against the Snakes at Ted Ajani today. The boys in the Blue & Gold set the tone of the game early with fierce tackling, winning hard one on one contests and breaking the lines delivering to the forward line. This set up 3 early goals for the Bullants that quickly gave them a 19 point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. Richmond continued to try and win clearances throughout the ground but another Bullants goal gave them a comfortable 25 point lead half way through the first time. The Snakes scored their first goal moments later and then a another one soon after to get the margin back down to 2 goals. The Bullants steadied and 2 late first term goals got them out to a 27 point lead at the first change.

The Bullants continued the pressure much throughout the second quarter as well as they were making it difficult for Richmond to move the ball easy through the middle and deliver to their forwards. Captain Michael Pace was great in the term with big spoils and clearances through the backline to keep the Snakes at bay. With the help of the backline the Bullants extended their lead in the term. Again Richmond got some late goals in the term but the Bullants had increased their lead ever so slightly heading into the half time break.

The second half was much an even contest with. It was a very much goal for goal third term with the Snakes getting the last before the three quarter time siren to get the margin back to a very winnable 24 points at the last change.

Coach Anthony Palmer was calling on his troops in the three quarter time huddle to not give up the fight and continue to apply pressure on the Snakes as they will try at come out to have a big final term to try and overrun the Bullants. The Snakes scored the first goal of the term which got their team and supporters up and about around the ground. With the margin under 3 goals and much of the term still to play they were very much in striking distance of the Bullants. The Bullants steadied however and slowed the game down to get it back on their terms. Brodie Mclaughlin was fantastic throughout the quarter and day and the Bullants eventually held on to win by 20 points and claim their second win of the season.

Bill Tourogianis was solid as usual in his 250th game for the club, Billy Wilson, Anthony Lucisano, Chris Galapi and Alan Hodges all stood up in the absence of the Bullants power forward Pasi Schwalger and kicked 2 goals a piece whilst Kristian Cherbakof was solid for his first game in the Blue & Gold for 2016.

The Bullants now take on third placed West Brunswick away next week in what is looming as the match of the round.

Goal Kickers: A. Lucisano 2, B. Wilson 2, C. Galapi 2, A. Hodges 2, H. Vogler, D. Dakin, B. McLaughlin, J. Cowell, K. Cherbakof
Best Players: B. McLaughlin, M. Pace, O. Aziz, B. Wilson, D. Dakin, B. Tourogianis

BTAFC – 13.9-87
Richmond Central – 9.13-67

Bullants falter in second half against Preston

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

Bullants by a point in opening round thriller!

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The Bullants have opened their 2016 campaign in thrilling fashion coming back from 9 goals down in the third quarter to get over the line by a point against Old Eltham.

The Bullants started the first quarter on fire and full of energy dominating majority of the play through the back half and midfield. This turned into the first goal opportunity for the Bullants and they soon had the early lead on the board. Old Eltham which have been finals team over the past few years now finally got their game on and started to control the second half of the quarter. Eltham’s John Laver was everywhere and creating great goal opportunities for his club and they kicked the next three goals to take a 10 point lead into the first change.

Eltham started the second quarter where they left off and completely controlled most of the play with the Bullants looking sluggish around the stoppages and overall play. A six goal to two second quarter saw Old Eltham take a handy lead into the half time break by 33 points.

Again Old Eltham started the second half with more gusto then the boys in Blue and Gold and quickly went bang with a few goals in the opening 10 minutes and quickly turned their half time lead into what looked like a match leading 49 points halfway through the third term. Whatever clicked in the Bullants mind after that time seemed to work and dominated the next 15 minutes of play kicking 7 unanswered goals to bring the margin back to 13 points at three quarter time.

The fourth quarter was on for young and old. The Bullants kicked the first goal of the quarter which got the margin back to only a single kick bring the onlooking crowd to its feet. Old Eltham steady after that with their first goal of the term and got the margin back out to a two goal lead. With 5 minutes to play the Bullants were still down by 2 goals when they pegged one back to get the margin back to a kick. With a minute to play the Bullants had the ball through the middle and went deep into their forward line and managed to scramble a point to get the margin under a goal.

With Eltham have control of the ball with 30 seconds to play it looked like they would hold onto the game and claim the four points. And mistake from their backmen saw a turnover and kick into the Bullants forward like to a contested pack where Matt Stella was a awarded a free kick for over the shoulder directly in front of goal. The sleek and calm Stella slotted his fourth of the day and put the Bullants a point up with 4 seconds to play.

The ball was delivered to the center of the ground and soon after it was thrown in the air the siren sounded and capped of a memorable comeback/win for the Bulleen Templestowe Football Club.

New power forward Pasi Schwalger kicked three in his debut game for the Blue and Gold whilst ex Heidelberg player Ethan Mainieri also slotted three for his first game for the club.

The Reserves team also started the season off in style winning comfortably by 70 points in their encounter.