Opening term sets up Dogs’ victory

A FIVE-goal opening term set Tarrawingee up for a comfortable 16.9 (105) to 6.14 (50) win against Bright on the road.

With the wind behind them, the Bulldogs capitalised and made early in-roads.

“We got a bit of a jump on them early,” Bulldogs coach Kyle Raven said.

“We’ve spoken about starting well and last week we did it against Glenrowan but we did it for about five minutes.

“This week I feel we put in 30 minutes in an opening quarter of good footy and really controlled the game from there.

“And Bright are good on their home track so it was good to go there and come back with the points.”

Raven said coaching had been a “good challenge” as the Bulldogs developed their approach.

“We wanted to take a few risks and use the ball through the middle of the ground which we did to good effect,” Raven said.

“We created probably three or four goals from running the ball through the middle.

“It’s about quick ball movement rather than being quick, and it’s something we train for — switching the ball, getting it to the open side and moving the ball quickly down into the forward line, getting the forwards one-on-one.

“It’s something that will take time but we’re getting better.

“It’s what we are trying to instil in the players, they’re getting the message and every week they are improving.”

But the win didn’t come without cost.

Ben Bell went to hospital to have stitches to a cut above his eye, Andrew Jones came off the ground with a hamstring concern and Joel O’Keefe was kept on the bench with a sore back.

“We probably ran out of legs because we had no bench in the end,” Raven said.

Finton Eames was again best for the Bulldogs, working hard without a break in the second half with the Dogs down on rotations.

Daniel Salmon stood up through the midfield, while Hamish Moore’s season is shaping up to be a lucrative one.

“He kicked six goals and probably could have kicked about 10,” he said.

Brad Nightingale was best for the Mountain Men, while Ricky Weimer (2) was their only multiple-goal scorer.