Gun recruit Matt Fowler puts Dogs on the board

Matt Fowler in training with the Dogs. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Matt Fowler in training with the Dogs. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

EIGHT goals from Matt Fowler helped Thurgoona break through for its first win of the season when the Bulldogs were untroubled by Dederang-Mount Beauty in a 43-point win yesterday.

Thurgoona, staring down the barrel of a shock 0-3 start to the year, burst out of the blocks in front of a healthy crowd at North Albury’s Bunton Park and were never seriously threatened by the Bombers.

Sam Cross was also lively up forward for the Bulldogs.

Thurgoona coach Jason Sheather was a very happy man at 5pm yesterday.

“It’s good to get it off the back,” Sheather said.

“A few people might have started to doubt where we were at, but with so many new faces it was always going to take time.

“We’ve just been focused on our processes and if we got those right, we knew the results would look after themselves.

“We got a good, even contribution.”

Dylan Weeding, Jake Way, Jim Wilson and ruckman John Willis also played a big part in the victory.

“Our attack on the footy was good and we had a few guys do well on their direct opponents,” Sheather said.

“We moved the ball well and really took the game on, which was pleasing.”

Sheather said the win was a timely confidence boost ahead of the Bulldogs’ much-anticipated trip into the hills to take on Mitta United next week.

“There’s nothing tougher than going up there and there is a fierce rivalry, obviously,” he said yesterday.

“It will be a big challenge but we are looking forward to it.”

Thurgoona should be better for yesterday’s showing.

“We’ve brought in something like 10 new faces over the past few weeks,” Sheather said.

“We’ve got quite a few young guys and a few others with limited pre- seasons under their belt.

“But if we can win this week and hit the first month 2-2, we’ll take that for sure.”