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Brumbies maintain winning momentum

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph
Baldivis' Luke Robinson squares up to Pinjarra players in what was a physical and fiery encounter.
Camera IconBaldivis' Luke Robinson squares up to Pinjarra players in what was a physical and fiery encounter.

Baldivis Football Club continued their hot form in the Peel Football League last Sunday as they defeated high fliers Pinjarra 15.4 (94) to 13.9 (87) at Baldivis Oval, hauling themselves level with the Tigers in third place on the ladder.

The Brumbies won their fourth game in a row on the back of a gritty second-half performance, which saw them run out to a big lead in the first half before weathering a fierce Pinjarra comeback late on. Baldivis coach Craig Hamersley was delighted with the spirit his side showed during a difficult second half, with tensions in a physical and aggressive game boiling over a number of times.

“There were a couple of moments in the game, especially in the second half where Pinjarra got a bit of a roll on,” Hamersley said.

“In the past, certainly Waroona in round 2, we’ve laid down a little bit.

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“On Sunday, we were able to stand back up and regain our composure and hold on to the footy a little bit and think our way through it.”

Baldivis' Manny Collard bursts forward with Eddy Dann and Ben Sharp urging him on.
Camera IconBaldivis' Manny Collard bursts forward with Eddy Dann and Ben Sharp urging him on. Credit: Richard Polden

Baldivis’ victory was spear-headed by a big performance from Aaron Bowers who kicked four goals, with Eddy Dann bagging three of his own while Manny Collard and Luke Robinson both chipped with a couple each.

The vital win sees Baldivis level on points with Pinjarra, with only percentage keeping them out of third place on the ladder.

“We’ve been able to continue our momentum and go into the two week break with a positive mindset.

“That was a big thing for us — we didn’t want lose our momentum going into a two-week break and we also wanted to go in not feeling down about the last game we played; having two weeks to stew on it.

Brendan Tingey and Manny Collard celebrate against Pinjarra last Sunday.
Camera IconBrendan Tingey and Manny Collard celebrate against Pinjarra last Sunday. Credit: Richard Polden

“Hopefully in the next game or two, we can peg third spot and hopefully set ourselves up for a crack at top two,”

The players will have a one-week break before returning to training ahead of a big clash with Rockingham Rams at Anniversary Park on July 22.

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