THERE was a lot to like about the endeavour of Kilcunda-Bass’ band of developing youngsters, at least early in their match against the visiting Bunyip Bulldogs on Saturday, but the tourists were simply too good on the day.
The Bulldogs got the first centre break via their ruckman to onballer-forward Brent Heus, who had an absolute day out kicking eight goals but only a point resulted this time and it was Panthers’ stalwart Damian Holmes who scored the first goal of the game.
He made good position to take advantage of some attacking play by Jake Weightman and Alex Kerr and from about 35 metres out, squeeze off a kick between two Bunyip defenders to get the maximum result.
For the next 10 minutes, Kilcunda-Bass played its best football of the day with plenty of players making a contribution.
Jake Smith worked hard for a number of possessions out on the wing, Hayden Spierings, James Phillips and Jake Calvert linked up well while Weightman continued to be busy on the ball or when changing at half forward.
However, a Killy-Bass player was caught in a tackle on the half forward line, when there were some first options to be tried, and Bunyip ran the ball up the other end for a goal; Anthony Young hitting Heus laces out with a nice pass on the lead.
Spierings earned a free and 50 metre penalty for Bass soon after but his shot fell short and Bunyip swept the ball away with ease.
Up forward Heus had a one-two with team mate Ricky Clark before missing from point-blank range but he was looking dangerous coming away from the stoppages and unmanned up forward.
Bunyip could have easily had three more goals before Dowie hit Allen on the lead to get the goal-side of the board ticking over for them.
Mitch Whitham saved a certain goal with a spearing punch but a Bunyip forward was there to kick their third.
Panthers’ ruck Riley Scapin was up for the challenge at the next centre bounce but despite giving silver service to Sean Casey, he had to butter up and try to get the crumbs himself. Bunyip’s Walker broke clear as a result and took a long-range shot.
Killy-Bass’ defenders and onballers were rebounding the ball well but Bunyip’s defenders including Allen on Kerr and O’Halloran on Bradley were simply too slick for a slow group of Panthers’ forwards who couldn’t apply the necessary forward pressure.
Another goal to Bunyip, followed by one to Anthony Young and they had taken full control by quarter time, and went on with the job.
How Bunyip has only won two other games so far this season is something of a mystery given that performance. They looked a class above Killy-Bass on the day.
Dog Heus kicks 8 goals