Bulldogs outclass Bloods

GISBORNE stretched its unbeaten run to five with a comfortable 67-point win over South Bendigo at Gardiner Reserve on Saturday.

The Bulldogs had 31 scoring shots to nine in the 13.18 (96) to 4.5 (29) win.

"That's probably the first time all year we've put together four quarters of consistent footy,'' Gisborne coach Rod Sharp said.

"We started strongly and were in total control all game.

"We didn't finish off in front of goal as well as we would have liked, but overall I thought we were very good."

After testing games against Kyneton and Golden Square in the fortnight leading up to Saturday's clash with the Bloods, the young Bulldogs could have been excused for having a mental let-down.

Gisborne's Jarrad Lynch.

Gisborne's Jarrad Lynch.

However, with senior players still to resume from injuries the competition for places in the side ensured there was no let-down.

"We put a challenge to the players to put in a consistent effort and we got that,'' Sharp said.

"The good sign for us is we're getting better and better each week."

Ben Sonogan was superb at centre half-back for the Bulldogs, while teenager Isaac Trickey continued his brilliant form in his rookie season of senior footy.

Ollie Messaoudi was damaging through the middle of the ground and ruckman Tom Waters appears to be returning to his best form.

Young full-forward Pat McKenna presented well, kicking three goals.

The undermanned Bloods never gave up, but they just didn't have the class or depth to match Gisborne.

Their backline battled hard under immense pressure and did well to keep Gisborne to six goals in the first half.

The Bloods, who battled for a consistent target across half-forward all day, only kicked 1.1 in the first half.

Adrian Crawford, Daniel Frew, Jarrod Postle, Ben Jones, Charles Trotman and Andrew Cussen were the Bloods' best players.

The winless Bloods face another difficult game this Saturday when they host Kangaroo Flat at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Gisborne will aim for a sixth-straight win when it meets Eaglehawk at Canterbury Park.

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