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Hawks do it again

For what seems the upteenth time in the past few seasons, Box Hill has come from a seemingly hopeless position to win.

Trailing by 25 pts during the last term the Hawks stormed home over a weary Northern Bullants outfit who had given it their all during the first 3 quarters.

Ben Kane expoliting opponent Frank Raso's lack of match fitness, was a driving force behind the Hawks late surge, kicking 2 goals and driving several long kicks inside 50 to bigmen Clinton Alleway and Robert Campbell.

The Bullants were game and probably didn't deserve to lose the way they did after leading until the 28 minute mark of the last quarter.

Coming into the game a win and 8% behind the Hawks the Bullants burst out of the blocks to kick the first 5 goals of the game.

The Hawks responded by putting several men behind the ball in an attempt to suffogate the Bullants scoring power. In effect they turned defence into attack as they gathered momentum to trail by only 6 pts at the main break.

A tense 3rd term saw only 2 goals scored, both late in time on to the Northern Bullants. The lat quarter was played at a furious pace with the Bullants being the team to wilt under the finals like pressure.

The Bullants committment can't be questioned over the past 5 weeks but their depth remains a concern. Losing in form bigman Ricky Mott and Daniel Harford during the last term was too much for a Bullants side already somewhat depleted.

The Hawks look like playing in yet another final series, while the Bullants can look forward to 2005 with some optimism.

Bullants celebrate Zorzi's 102nd game.

The Northern Bullants have moved to equal 8th after a solid 18 point win over Williamstown at Cramer St.

Celebrating Brett Zorzi's 100th game, which was against Tasmainia 2 weeks ago, the Bullants lead throughout with only a last quarter fade out preventing them from moving into the 8.

Up forward bigmen Ricky Mott and Michael Hooper teamed well to outpoint their undersized opponents.

Mott has been a revelation up forward for the Bullants since the mid season break, with his height troubling the smaller VFL defences. As his confidence continues to grow so does his marking, which was at its best for the season.

Brett Zorzi proved to be a handfull for Seagulls veteran Troy West. Zorzi is a hard player to match up as his overhead marking is often an underestimated part of his game.

Williamstown tried hard throughout but couldn't match the Bullants hardness and more potent forwards. David King had a big first half kicking 3 goals but went missing after half time. Heath Shaw also showed glimpses that he has a big future with a solid contributon across half forward.

For the 3rd week in a row the Bullants came out running after half time and put the game beyond doubt with a 5 goal to nil burst. This was possibly the Bullants best quarter of the season considering the state of the game.

Williamstown gave it their best in the last term as the Bullants stopped and mentally seemed to relax. The Seagulls inaccurate kicking snuffed out the remote chance that they had. Maybe coach Barry Mitchell can review his position on the use of the bench as the Bullants midfield was clearly tired and stopped running with the result being there for all to see.

The Bullants have the bye next week before taking on Box Hill in what shapes as a mini final for both sides.

Fortune favours the Bullants.

Northern Bullants 13.5.83

Werribee 9.21.75

For the first time in 2004, luck has fallen the way of the Northern Bullants as an inaccurate Werribee presented them with their 4th win of the season.

The tigers inaccuracy caused by some haphazard ball movement into their forward 50 and some average kicking from set shots. Patrick Wiggins, a serial poor kick for goal, was the main offender kicking 3 behinds and an out of bounds on the full. The normally reliable David Mitchell also missed 2 gettable goals from inside 50.

The Bullants were never headed throughout in what may be a season defining win for the club. Daniel Harford continued his recent good form and was clearly the Bullants best player. His experience was invaluable during a tense last quarter as the tigers continually attacked.

Since the break the Bullants have been a different team and a finals berth isn't impossible. Most pleasing has been the attitude and work rate of the Carlton listed players who seem to be playing a more team orientated game.

Coach Barry Mitchell has shown more faith in some of the VFL listed players and has certainly upped the ante when speaking during the beaks. His decision to play Paul Bunn after an inglorious game against Tasmainia last week was a brave one. Bunn repayed the faith shown by being one of the Bullants best and showed that he can adjust to the quicker tempo of senior football.

Ricky Mott and Stephen kenna were again the Bullants major goal scorers kicking 4 apiece. Brett Zorzi was also good up forward.

For Werribee Adam Cooney had an outstanding first half booting 3 goals while vetran Matthew Croft was very good of half back for the tigers.

Hobart Heartbreak.

Northern Bullants 11.6.72

Tasmainia 12.5.77

N.B- [G] S.Kenna 4, R.Mott 3, L.Livingston 1, D.Clarke 1, J.Vansittart 1, A.Carrazzo 1.

Tas- [G] C.Blight 2, B.Beams 2, K.Ritcher 1, J.Ling 1, B.Robertson 1, J.Plapp 1, N.Heanley 1, B.Savage 1, T.Bartlett 1, B.Geappean 1.

Tasmainia has broken its losing streak with a thrilling win over a game Northern Bullants side at North Hobart.

Bullants find fighting spirit.

Northern Bullants 22.14.146

Bendigo Bombers 9.13.67

Rekindling the spirit that has been missing for the most part of its 2 year alignment with Carlton, a fired up Northern Bullants thumped the Bendigo Bombers by 79 points at Cramer St.

The victory is a major relief for the Bullants as to date 2004 has been a tumultuous year. Recently the club slumped to the bottom of the ladder after inglorious away performences against Frankston and Springvale.

In front of a large crowd the Bullants came out firing and led a disappointing Bendigo who had first use of a 3-5 goal breeze. The Bombers could only manage one goal for the quarter, which came from a poor kick in that ended up in the hands of Marc Bullen. Bullants coach Barry Mitchell attributed the goal to a sloppy kick in set up rather than a poor kick from Kade Simpson.

The Bullants 2nd quarter score of 10.8.68, eclipsed their score in 7 completed matches this season and put the game beyond doubt.

Giving away 7 cm in the ruck, Callan Beasy set the tone for the Bullants attack at the ball with a sterling effort against Tristian Cartledge. Midfielders Justin Davies, Jarrod Waite and Kade Simpson ensured that the Bullants were always going to have plenty of scoring opportunities.

Davies was also defensively good with his tackling a highlight of the game. Defence was the area of the game that the Bullants improved most and ensured that the Bombers were never going to get back into the game.

The Bombers resembled a rabble in the 2nd term and gave the Bullants a free ride with several undisciplined free kicks and on ocassions subsequent 50 metre penalties.

Gary Moorcroft and Sam Hunt were the main offenders with Moorcroft being benched before half time to the delight of the Bullants crowd after he had been involved in an altercation with several Bullant players. Full back Hunt had a game to forget, with his only highlight being a booming torpedo punt that reached the centre circle in the 3rd term.

The Bullants 2nd half was just as impressive as they crushed their dispirited opponent. Captain Brett Zorzi relished being on the forward line after weeks of being deep in defence. He finished the game with 2 goals as 13 players contirbuted to the Bullants total of 22 goals.

Marc Bullen and Ricky Dyson were the best for Bombers who had a day they'd rather forget.

The question Bullant supporters will be asking is will the spirit shown today continue next week in the unfamiliar surrounds of North Hobart.