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From the Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond and Martin Boulton

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CARLTON development and Northern Bullants coach David Teague said the Bullants would welcome troubled defender Setanta O'hAilpin back to the club after he served any AFL-imposed suspension.

Teague, who described O'hAilpin as a "really nice guy", was shocked at Friday's footage that showed the Irishman kick teammate Cameron Cloke following a series of punches during an intra-club match.

Vale Matthew Burrows

From the Official VFL website:

The Victorian Football League mourns the passing of 1990 Liston Trophy winner Matthew Burrows.

According to www.northernbullants.com.au, Burrows failed to recover from a heart attack he suffered at work on Thursday. Burrows was in his early 40s.

Burrows was a skilled half-back who also won Preston's Best and Fairest in 1992.

The Victorian Football League extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Bullants ready for big sting

From The Age
Reported by Michael Sharkie

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THE Casey Scorpions go into today's first round of the VFL finals against Northern Bullants facing elimination, a prospect that seemed unlikely for most of the season with the Scorpions entrenched in the top four.

But a one-point loss to Coburg in the second-last round and an upset victory by Werribee over Williamstown in the final round elevated Werribee to fourth and stripped Casey of the double chance.

"It was disappointing, but look, we probably knew it was going to happen when we lost to Coburg," said senior coach Greg Hutchison.

Although Casey had the Bullants' measure at their only meeting this season in round six, when Casey trounced today's opponents by a whopping 118 points, Hutchison believes the Bullants have the advantage this time around.

VFL ROUND 4 – Northern Bullants v Tasmania

From the ABC Grandstand website
Reported by Chris Thompson

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The Northern Bullants overcame some shocking finishing and a spirited comeback to defeat Tasmania by 10 points in a firey encounter at Princes Park this afternoon.

Both sides were fired up for the game, several scuffles breaking out throughout the day, but it was the Ants who held their nerve to kick the last goal of the match, put the Devils’ challenge to rest and run out winners 11.18.84 to 10.14.74.

Prior to that, it looked as though Tasmania would run over the top of the Bullants after the Devils kicked the final three goals of the third term and the first of the last to turn a 20-point deficit into 4-point lead.

The deficit would have been even greater had the Bullants been able to finish off their good work, a series of behinds early in the third almost proving their downfall.

But playing coach David Teague stepped up, an inspirational goal midway through the final term giving his side some breathing space before David Ellard kicked the sealer, a tumbling drop punt from 65m, to get them over the line.

Tall timber topples magpies

From the Preston Leader

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THERE is an old saying in football: no matter how long the game goes, the tall blokes don't get any shorter.

For the Northern Bullants on Saturday, that rang true as their tall timber up forward proved too strong for Collingwood in the last quarter of the Round 3 VFL clash at Princes Park.

Throughout the contest the Bullants looked the better side but couldn't break away from the plucky Magpies who held firm for most of the game.

But, as the Bullants did against Coburg in Round 2, come the last quarter they had too much strength as they raced away to a convincing 20.8 (128) to 12.5 (77) win.

Jake Edwards was a key to the last-quarter onslaught that resulted in eight goals. Quiet for most of the match, Edwards exploded in the final term with three goals.

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