Cougars on song in demolition of Dogs

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Ben Hall gets the kick away.
Camera IconBen Hall gets the kick away.

Kukerin-Dumbleyung have returned to form, proving far too strong for Wagin at Matera Oval on Saturday in their first victory since round eight.

Peter Joyce (one goal) and Nathan Ditchburn (eight goals) terrorised Wagin’s defence in the Cougars’ 20.9 (129) to 5.10 (40) win.

The Bulldogs stayed in touch with the visitors in the opening term, trailing 2.3 (15) to 5.2 (32) at quarter-time.

Joyce, however, broke the game apart in the second quarter, finding plenty of uncontested possession across half-forward to feed a potent Cougars forward line, which had Ditchburn and Greame Bolt (five goals) thriving.

The game was all but over at half-time, with Kukerin-Dumbleyung up 11.2 (68) to 4.5 (39). A Michael Seeds goal early in the third gave Wagin some hope, but it was their last of the match as the Cougars went on to pile on nine unanswered goals in the second half.

Jake Angwin, Byron Blevin and Kent Patterson (one goal) were among the visitors’ best with Joyce, Ditchburn and Bolt.

Paul South (one goal), Rory Kendall, Jake Putland, Mark Allington, Jayden Crawford and Riley Pokler were named Wagin’s best.

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