ATW and Bulldogs players in action during the grand final at Hervey Bay on Saturday.
ATW and Bulldogs players in action during the grand final at Hervey Bay on Saturday. Nat Bromhead

Underdogs break long drought

THE 15-year premiership drought of Brothers Bulldogs came to an end on Saturday with a thrilling defeat of minor premiers Across The Waves.

Brothers Bulldogs broke through a final quarter stalemate to claim victory in the final stages of the match 10.8.68. to 7.16.58.

With the score tied with 10 minutes to go, resurgent full-forward Clint Ennis took the game by the scruff of the neck booting two unanswered goals to win the game for his team.

Coach Wayne Ling said the stars had finally aligned for his team after a series of injuries to key players made for a rocky path into the finals.

“At its worst we had nine blokes unavailable, but I knew if we could get them back on track and take a full-strength team into the finals it was well within our ability,” he said.

Andrew Hatfield shone in the centre square earning the AFL Wide Bay Player of the Match award and ensuring a constant supply of football for Brothers forwards.

“He won ball after ball and was rucking with the best of them,” Ling said.

“It was probably one of the best games I’ve seen him play so I think he may have been saving his best for last.”

Ling said the win had been made all the sweeter by the underdog tag attached to his team during its finals berth.

“I knew they had it in them it was just a matter of getting the personnel back and making sure everyone did what was required of them,” he said.

“I couldn’t be happier with the effort given by the guys, everyone got in there and did what they had to do.”

The win capped off a triumphant season for the Brothers Bulldogs Football Club, adding to premierships in the reserve grade, Under-17s, Under-15s and Under-13s competitions.



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