THE Bathurst Bushrangers under 18s had to make the road trip to take on the Dubbo Demons in Round 3 of the CWAFL competition – but what a road trip it was.
By the time the full-time siren sounded, the young Bushrangers had shocked even themselves as they posted a 92-point victory over the Demons.
Holidays and family commitments saw a depleted side make the trip, but Bathurst were determined to make it two from two in 2014.
On arrival the side discovered Dubbo were also suffering from a lack of numbers and were required to borrow two Bathurst players each quarter.
With a lot of wide open space to play in, the game started with both sides moving the ball from end to end.
Dubbo got an early break with a goal from one of the loan players, Tim Thomas.
He also kicked another goal that quarter for Dubbo.
Bathurst’s first goal came courtesy of a free kick to AFL debutant Adam Hildebrandt who has joined an elite club by kicking a goal with his first kick in footy.
Dubbo managed to kick a third, however the Bushranger midfield started to fire with Michael Waldren and Jacob Davey converting from near the 50.
Pat Fisher dribbled one in from the boundary and the Bathurst boys went in with an eight-point lead at quarter time.
Zach Baker and John Warburton the put the foot on the accelerator.
They hardly let anything get past them, leaving Dubbo scoreless for the quarter.
This led to Waldren adding two more and skipper Jordan Price kicking two of his own, both running out of the centre square and taking advantage of the open space.
Long kicking wasn’t the only feature.
Precise passing into the forward line by Dean Grant and excellent pressure from Michael Long allowed Hildebrandt and Fisher to share the goals and increase their tallies for the day.
By half time the lead had blown out to 52 points.
The third quarter became a tighter contest with Price and Long donning the Dubbo jumper making the Bathurst boys work harder for the ball.
This may have stopped the midfield from carrying the ball into the forward 50, but it didn’t stop the excellent entry and allowing Fisher to add three more to his account.
Thomas worked overtime in defence during this quarter with ruckman Campbell Martin becoming an important linkman through the centre.
Going into the last quarter the lead was 65 points.
During the last quarter the Bushrangers did not ease off the pressure.
The midfield and the backs continued to work hard and control the ball.
With Fisher sustaining an arm injury, Price ‘rested’ at full forward and kicked two more.
Sam Flude continued to run hard, lay shepherds and set up his team-mates.
Waldren kicked his fourth for the day, however the most popular goal came when Price handballed to Felix Mol who slotted home his first of the year.
When the final siren sounded to end the game, Bathurst had won 18-13-121 to 4-5-29.
The Sportsco Award went to Michael Waldren, the Burger Shack Award went to Jordan Price and the Lewy’s Pizza Award went to Adam Hildebrandt.
Goal kickers: Patrick Fisher 5, Jordan Price 4, Michael Waldren 4, Adam Hildebrandt 3, Jacob Davey 1, Felix Mol.
BIG DAY: Patrick Fisher booted five goals for the under 18 Bushrangers as they defeated Dubbo by almost 100 points last Saturday. 091713cpatrick
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