Bulldogs battle on

ALL WRAPPED UP: Action from the Merimbula-Pambula game against Moruya on Sunday night. The Bulldogs led the reigning premier 18-6 at one stage in the first half, but injuries took their toll on the final result.Taking on the reigning premier and one of the strongest Group 16 teams of the past few years is always going to be a big ask.
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However, all credit to the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs who led Moruya 18-6 atone point in the first half before the game got away from them.

The Sharks once again showed they are the team to beat this season, running away to a 52-24 victory at Pambula.

Bulldogs first grade coach Nathan Heffernan said the final scoreline did not reflect the solidly fought game.

“If we play like that against any other team in the competition this year I know we can win,” Heffernan said.

“We were up 18-6 on them at one point, but Moruya being Moruya, they didn’t panic and ran in a couple of quick tries early in the second half.

“First and foremost I’m really proud of the boys for turning up to play –and every time we switched on to play, we scored.”

Heffernan said taking on the solid Moruya outfit resulted in several injuries, with a couple of Bulldogs not expected to play for two to threeweeks.

“We had no reserves by the end of the game, with everyone playing everywhere.”

However, there are others ready to step up and fill any gaps he said.

“We will look to continue playing free-flowing footy in the weeks to come.

“There are some fast guys at the back and we will use thatspeed out wide as well.”

Singled out for his playmaking ability from fullback was Tom Taylor.

“We were lucky to snare him, he’s a good signing for us,”Heffernan said.

“Tommy held his own on the weekend and didn’t look out of place against Moruya.”

To back up, the Bulldogs hit the road this coming weekend for arguably the second-toughest road trip of Group 16 –to Cooma.

“At least it’s early in the season and not snowing up there yet,” Heffernan quipped.

“Hopefully we get a dry warm afternoon and we can play some good footy again.”

In other first grade results from the weekend, Bombala defeated Batemans Bay 36-4, Narooma was successful it its away game to Cooma, 22-16, and the Bega Roosters kicked their season off well, over-running Eden 46-26.

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