Bulldogs win finals berth
BROTHERS Bulldogs have secured a place in the AFL Wide Bay grand final with a 17.11.113 to 12.13.85 defeat of the Hervey Bay Bombers.
Coach Wayne Ling said the win should serve as a warning to critics who had written off the Bulldogs' premiership chances after a turbulent season.
“We've been copping it all year and many didn't count us a chance, but I knew the guys had it in them to get there in the end,” he said.
“It's been a long road for us, and we've copped more than our fair share of injuries, but things are starting to turn.”
With a full complement of players, the injury-plagued Brothers Bulldogs showed they were capable of taking control of Keith Dunne Oval with a dominant offering of football.
Bulldogs' stalwart Rob Searle kept the Bombers' midfield danger man, Brad Richards, scoreless with a strong defensive effort.
Centre-half forward Chris Heaslip and full-forward Aaron Purcell made their presence felt in Bombers' territory scoring five goals each.
Ling said the performance would hold his side in good stead as it prepared for next weekend's grand final against Across The Waves.
“There were no passengers,” he said.
“Every single player stepped up to the mark and did what they needed to do.”