FOR the first time in many years, DWWWW is staring down the possibility of a finals appearance after hanging on for a 12-point win over a disappointing Phillip Island at Alberton West.
Justin and Ryan Marriott returned to bolster the Allies, who jumped out of the blocks with a seven goal to two opening term.
The onslaught saw the Allies gain a 26-point advantage at the first change.
From there, the match was quite even on the scoreboard, but the Bulldogs simply couldn’t peg back the difference.
Daniel Batson was running rampant for the Allies, while up forward Ben Doran was on fire in the absence of full forward Shaun Buttigieg-Clarke.
The usual suspects for Phillip Island this season in Jaymie Youle, Simon Seddon and Michael Duiker battled hard for the Bulldogs all day, but couldn’t reel in the Allies.
The two sides went goal for goal in the second quarter with neither side managing to take any real control of the match as the Allies held onto a 26-point lead.
Much like the second quarter, the third term was a real arm wrestle, with both sides registering three majors apiece.
Trailing by 25 points at the start of the final quarter, Phillip Island mounted a fighting comeback to get within a goal.
But a stroke of luck saw the Allies cash in on a mistake to run out 12-point winners.
Doran finished with seven goals and has been a handy pick-up for the Allies, while former Wonthaggi Power junior Max Combridge has stepped into the senior side in recent weeks and starred on Saturday.
After three years at the pointy end of the ladder and a premiership in 2014, Phillip Island are facing the reality of no finals action this season.
The Bulldogs are sorely missing playing coach and 2015 Alberton FNL Best and Fairest winner Brendan Kimber, who broke his finger in round three against MDU.
A shining light for the Bulldogs has been the form of big man Hayden Moore, who has proven to be a revelation since joining the club in round three.
He had a tough battle with Allies ruckman Jimmy Phillips and was the visitor’s best on the day.
Phillip Island’s season hangs in balance when it hosts an improving Toora this week, while the Allies will be looking to claim another scalp when they travel to Foster.
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