The Under 11s played the Coffs Breakers for their final game of the season and the Bulldogs definitely saved their best for last. The level of skill and teamwork on display was a joy to watch - accurate passing, strong tackling and confident marking gave the crowd plenty to cheer about. The scores were close for most of the first half but then the Breakers pulled away and ran out comfortable winners thanks to making the most of their opportunities in front of goal. The players departed the oval via a guard of honour formed by the very appreciative crowd. Gelato Bar vouchers went to Arthur Keaton for his ruckwork, Della Byrnes for her defensive prowess, and Zac Hawkshaw for his commitment and team spirit. A great season - thank you to all players and parents for your effort and attitude.
The Under 13s took on the Coffs Breakers on Sunday at Fitzroy Oval. Both teams are currently sitting in the top four vying for a place in the finals so it was always going to be a great contest. Tyreke Whyman was the standout forward in the first half while Luke Ivey was providing dash and great defence out of the backline. Cam Greenwood and Kyan Upsall were also winning the contested ball in the middle. At half time the game was even. After the break the Bulldogs came out firing with Luke Greenwood starting to win the centre clearances along with Flynn Schreenan proving a target up front. The Bulldogs set up a 5 goals to 0 third quarter. With the doggies well in front going into the last quarter the team knew they were going to be challenged. To their credit they withstood the pressure to go on to win comfortably. A special mention to Giaan Maher and Jordan Steele for their solid performances
The Under 15s played Sawtell in warm and windy conditions at Connell Park. The Dogs won the toss and kicked with the breeze in the first quarter, opening up a 24 point lead at quarter time. The Saints fought back in the second to reduce the margin to just 2 points at half time. The "footy gods" then played their part, with the breeze favouring Sawtell again in the third term enabling them to open up a five-goal lead. The final term was an even tussle with the Saints running out deserving winners. Jarrah Walker was brilliant in defence until an injury ended his day. Isaac Malt rucked all game and took home the Gelato Bar Award for another fantastic four-quarter effort.