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Bulldogs are primed

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

AFTER torrid encounters against fellow premiership aspirants, Pyramid Hill on Saturday showed it is still in the hunt for September honours.

The scoreboard had the Bulldogs convincing winners over the youthful Calivil United.

But the final result - 130 points - is only one part of how the Loddon Valley football game played out on Saturday.

Calivil started strongly, as has been their trademark all season, scoring their only goal through Brock Rogers.

Barely troubling the scoreboard again, Calivil still displayed glimpses of play in every quarter that must give coaches and supporters some heart.

They had the ball on the right side of the square multiple times but lacked a goalkicking sleuth across half-forward.

Pyramid Hill’s defenders were pushed at times. When they turned over play, the results were punishing on the scoreboard.

Keelan Beattie, Luke Hall, Mitchell A’Vard, Jordan Lea were instrumental all day in putting pressure on Pyramid Hill who were hit with big name injuries in earlier games.

That pressure showed in the final term when the Bulldogs kept piling on the behinds. It was only late goals that added respect to their quarter’s score of 7.9.

Mitchell Cheesman was the goal star for the visitors booting seven goals for the day and finishing among the best.

Centreman Scott Mann took top votes for Pyramid Hill, his play instrumental in repelling quick turnovers when Calivil fired, assisted by back flanker Matthew Ladson and winger Gavin James who combined well around the boundary.

Braidy Dickens also chipped in with a handy six goals for the Bulldogs who showed composure that will stand them in good stead over coming weeks. The Bulldogs are still on the prowl.

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