Fierce Dogs stun Cats

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Campbell Putland makes his way through the pack. Pictues: Michael Traill
Camera IconCampbell Putland makes his way through the pack. Pictues: Michael Traill

Wagin have pulled off arguably the biggest upset so far this season, thrashing Williams to record their first victory for 2019.

All-round pressure across the four quarters from the Bulldogs and an eight-goals-to-one third term proved too much for the Cats, with Wagin running out winners 13.14 (92) to 5.9 (39).

Ben Morgan and Andrew Vawser were prolific in the first half for Wagin, while Lachlan Hall held up the Bulldogs defence.

Ben Morgan and Ryan Hobbs compete for the ball.
Camera IconBen Morgan and Ryan Hobbs compete for the ball. Credit: Pictures: Michael Traill

The Cats couldn’t capitalise on Simon Panizza, Nick Panizza and Ryan Pearce’s early effort, as Wagin’s well-set structure denied them easy avenue to goal.

Wagin held a 4.5 (29) to 3.6 (24) advantage at half-time, after leading 3.2 (20) to 2.5 (17) at quarter-time.

The game broke open in the third term.

Wagin quickly found goal via a slick Brayden Hill crumb in the goal square.

A down-field free gave Williams an answering goal via James Medlen.

Campbell Putland, however, turned the tide, setting up two consecutive goals for Wagin via Jesse Stephens and Michael Seeds, before booting one for himself from just inside the 50m arc after a Riley Polker goal which involved brilliant play from Hill and Morgan.

Vawser and Morgan found even more of the ball in the third term, giving Wagin dominance across the field as they piled on another three majors to give the home side a 12.10 (82) to 4.7 (37) advantage heading into the final term.

The last quarter was as tight as the first two, both sides only managing a goal each and Wagin recording a comprehensive 52 point win.

Morgan, Vawser and Hall named the Bulldogs’ best, while Paul Duffield kicked three goals.

Medlen finished with two majors for the Cats and was among his side’s better players with Simon Panizza, Robert Rose and Pearce.

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