By Anthony Probert
MOUNT Barker Bulls’ convincing 59-point win over Albany Sharks on soggy home soil on Saturday has cemented their place in the top four on the Great Southern Football League ladder.
With 20-odd millimetres of rain hitting Sounness Park overnight, the Sharks were in the match at half-time during the GSFL’s NAIDOC Week round clash, and only trailed by 17 points as the rain continued to fall. But the Bulls’ trademark precision out of the centre square took effect in the third term as they stretched the lead out to an unassailable 38 points at the final change.
The Sharks only managed a solitary point for the third term, but persisted in the challenging conditions with two goals in the final term.
Bulls’ star forward Dionne Woods seemed to defy the weather and bagged 10 goals for the match, with a best-onground performance that sees him spring clear of his nearest rival for the season goal-kicking honours, with a total of 33.
The Indigenous player’s performance could be attributed to some NAIDOC Week inspiration, but he has starred for the Bull’s on a weekly basis, and enjoyed a day on the park on that most football fans would expect to see on a dry day.
The Bulls now sit comfortably in fourth place on the ladder following the 7.4 (46) to 15.15 (105) win.
They are breathing down the neck of reigning premiers North Albany, who sit above them on percentage, and both teams have challenging matches ahead, with the Bulls taking on league-leaders Royals and North Albany up against Railways.
Meanwhile, the momentum from a couple of big wins just a month ago has dissipated for Denmark-Walpole Magpies, who only found a way through the big sticks once against Railways in Albany on Saturday. The Magpies were held goalless until the final term when Kalin Lane managed to at least get one goal on the board in the 1.7 (13) to 11.10 (76) defeat.
The testing conditions were always going to suit the Tigers, due to Denmark-Walpole’s stack of tall timber around the ground. They have the opportunity to redeem themselves and keep just clear of wooden spoon territory when they play the Sharks on what is due to be a much-needed home game.