Bulldogs' cupboard clean-out
AFTER making a clean sweep of the four AFL Wide Bay divisions last season, Brothers Bulldogs will be represented in just two grand finals this Saturday.
They hosted the preliminary finals day but won just one of the three games they contested, with their reserves outfit keeping their hopes of a hat-trick of flags alive with an upset 9.6 (60) to 2.10 (22) victory over Across The Waves (ATW).
But their senior title defence is over after they went down to a Hervey Bay Bombers team that continued its late-season charge with a well-executed 14.11 (95) to 7.9 (51) triumph.
The under-15 Bulldogs team led at every change, including by 19 at three-quarter time, but hit a brick wall and did not add another point as the Bombers kicked 25 straight points to snatch a last-gasp 9.5 (59) to 8.5 (53) victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Bombers will be the best-represented club in the grand finals in Maryborough, with three teams, after their reserves won their second semi-final.
The two Bundaberg clubs will both have two grand finalists, after the U-17 minor premiership-winning Bulldogs were also victorious in their second semi-final.
ATW will be hot favourite to complete an unbeaten senior premiership, while its U-17s also booked a place by coming from behind to edge out the Bombers 4.9 (33) to 4.6 (30).
The U-15 decider will be an all-Hervey Bay affair, between minor premiers and second semi-final winners Bay Power and the Bombers.