In near perfect conditions at Picola, Strathmerton controlled the game from the outset.
The Dogs moved the ball far better than Picola early in the game, but were unable to convert on the scoreboard, kicking 1.5 in the first quarter.
A fantastic defensive effort from Crestani, O’Sullivan, O’Kane and Laidlaw held the home side scoreless in the first term.
Picola rallied after the quarter-time break and began putting pressure on the Dogs.
The game continued to be close, with Strathmerton managing to keep a small lead until late in the last quarter when Picola kicked two quick goals to put it in front with 20 seconds to go.
The ball returned to the centre for the bounce. Strathmerton managed to clear the ball through a great effort from Matt O’Kane who tried to move the ball quickly.
However, the siren sounded just as he kicked the ball forward.
Picola took the win by five points and the Bulldogs were left to ponder their second loss of the season by less than a kick.
Strathmerton took the field under-manned.
Competitve early, the team tried, but Picola’s class and fitness showed as the game wore on.
Mick Keane, Shannon Edgar and Jacob Gillie played well.
Hope to see more numbers at training this week.
Picola was a convincing winner on the day.
Another great outing by the young Dogs saw them claim a 21-goal win.
There was a full team of contributors, with eight goal-kickers: Riley O kicked five; Des O booted four; Dylan C and Josh P contributed three each; Riley F and Sam L had two apiece; and Trent C and Beau H kicked one.
All the boys followed their instructions and pulled of a strong win.
Awards: Zac C, Trent C, Logan K, Dylan C and Max S.
Strathmerton headed to Picola on a perfect day for football.
Mitch Easden is proving to be a tough defender, with great support this week from Tyler Stephens.
The little guys in the side showed great endeavour, giving their all when the opportunity was there.
Josh Payne once again was everywhere and in everything.
Jayden Edgar kicked the side’s solitary goal in its 75-point loss.
Awards: Josh Payne (Strathy Café), Mitch Easden (Subway), Tyler Stephens (Ladies Committee), Caleb Wilson (Macca’s $5) and Jayden Edgar (coach’s award).