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Top Dogs hurt

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

PYRAMID HILL finished their top of the ladder clash with Marong with three early season stars injured.

The brutal Loddon Valley league encounter with Marong on Saturday came to an abrupt and heartbreaking end when Dogs’ full-back Dylan Morrison fell to the ground.

The segment of play had put Pyramid Hill deep into attack, desperate to turnaround a three-point deficit with just over four minutes on the clock.

Play was halted at 4.48pm, players huddled while trainers attended Morrison, who had been in the Dogs’ best all day.

An ambulance was called as Morrison remained on the ground. It arrived at 5.55pm, almost 30 minutes after umpires called an end to the game and gave Marong victory in the Herrick Cup match,

Morrison was taken to Bendigo Hospital and released late Saturday night.

Centreman Matt Pollock was hurt in a tackle just before half-time, walking from the ground but later taken to Bendigo hospital. He was then transferred to the Alfred Hospital with neck injuries and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

And back flanker Brad Driscoll left the ground with a hamstring.

Pollock and Driscoll had been among the Bulldogs’ best in opening rounds.

Despite getting a jump on the Panthers in the first quarter - and two goals up at the main break - Pyramid Hill was challenged as the lead see-sawed in the third term.

Marong created the loose player yet a tenacious Pyramid Hill kept coming back.

Niggles behind play saw the Bulldogs keep their composure but going to the final break were eight points down.

Kane Robins slotted through one of his three goals in the opening minutes of the final quarter as the Panthers were caught out of position across the centre and in defence.

Goals from ruckman Matthew Klein-Breteler and Bailey George in the final term kept the margin tight with Marong also finding accuracy.

As play was turned over from one end of the ground to the other, it was Mitchell Cheeseman who tied the scores and gave Pyramid Hill a real chance in what was the best match of the Loddon Valley league’s first four rounds. The game became more phsyical, the early season title of Top Dog or Top Cat on the line.

The Panthers had a breakaway burst to add three behinds to the scoreboard through quick turnovers.

Morrison, who had been crucial in defence all day for the Dogs, was battling this game game to the end.

He had been part of frenetic play that had the potential to snatch victory in the final minutes. Morrison’s injury halted play and the game, points awarded to Marong who, for now, have premiership favourtisism.

Both will figure when it counts though, when it comes finals in September.

● Marong ruckman Adrian Pappin was reported by umpire David Carter for the alleged careless striking of Pyramid Hill’s Billy Micevski in the fourth quarter. Pappin was to front the tribunal last night.

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