North Bendigo kicks away to victory in reserves grand final

BULLDOGS BARK: North Bendigo won its first reserves premiership since 2002 with its 24-point win over White Hills at Huntly on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWE
BULLDOGS BARK: North Bendigo won its first reserves premiership since 2002 with its 24-point win over White Hills at Huntly on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWE

NORTH Bendigo kicked the last four goals of Saturday’s grand final to defeat White Hills and win its first reserves premiership since 2002.

The game looked set for a gripping climax when scores were locked together at 5.11 apiece entering time-on of the final term.

However, having surrendered the momentum, the Bulldogs regained it over the last 10 minutes to kick away to a 24-point victory, 9.11 (65) to 5.11 (41).

The Bulldogs’ last four goals were kicked by Aaron Knight (two), Michael Rorke and Storm Giri.

The win capped a superb finals series for the Bulldogs, who won the flag having started their campaign from the elimination final after ending the home and away season fifth.

North Bendigo ruckman Brodie Thomson, who was omitted from the senior grand final team, was awarded the best-on-ground medal.

Dean Bowles was White Hills’ best player.