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Devils v Nth Bullants
Tasmania vs. Northern Bullants Sunday 6th July, 2008 Bellerive Oval at 2.00pm Last time these two teams meet back in Round 2 (?) it was a reasonably close game with the Bullants being in front most of the day with the Devils having chances in the last quater to steal the game. The Bullants are two games in front of the Devils on the ladder are having a mixed season. Beating teams lower on the ladder but not being able to challenge teams higher up (last week against Port Melb). The Devils last week stuck with Geelong to the last quater. Perhaps home ground advantage is the only thing that well separate these two teams?
Tasmania have 6 players out of their side from last week. 5 are with the Mariners playing in the Under 18 Nationals in Melbourne and 1 other unavailable due to study. Anywhere from 2 to 4 new players for the Devils this week. Bullants to win comfortably.
ADAM SMITH July 07, 2008 12:00am IT was a case of the one that got away for Tasmania in its VFL clash against the Northern Bullants at Bellerive yesterday. While the Devils never managed to hit the front at any stage of the match they could, and perhaps should, have won in the dying stages. But when the final siren sounded the scoreboard showed another heartbreaking loss, this time by five points, 13.13 (91) to 12.14 (86) in front of a disappointing 1824 fans. The home side had the ball locked in its forward 50m for the last five minutes of the match but some desperate Bullants defence thwarted each attack the Devils could muster. Paul Koulouriotis had a chance to lock the scores with only minutes remaining, but his long bomb on the run from outside the arc was touched on the line. In a contest which saw huge momentum shifts and changes, the visitors bolted out of the blocks to slam on the first four goals. Tom Langford kicked the Devils' first 20 minutes into the quarter and, when Justin Hardy goaled from a tight angle a minute later, the home side was only 15 points down at the first change. The Bullants continued to waste chances in front of goal in the second and their only two majors came from some freakish skills from Ryan Jackson, who somehow slotted home kicks from deep in the pocket. After drawing level in the third after 21 minutes when Hardy booted his fourth following a strong contested mark, the Bullants kicked the next three either side of three-quarter time to appear to close out the game. And despite staying alive with the last two goals of the match, the Devils were unable to sneak ahead. In the end overuse of the ball, some costly errors under pressure and poor decision-making contributed to the narrow defeat. "They just kept going away from the game plan a bit then coming back to it," coach Lance Spaulding said. "I thought our pressure all day was good but we just had patches where we didn't do what we were meant to. "There was a lot to take out of today's game but it showed glaringly if we actually stick to the plan . . . Midfielders Ben Setchell and Luke Shackleton again led from the front, Brennan Savage worked tirelessly in defence while Tom Langford played his best match for the Devils. For the Bullants Jackson gathered 31 touches to go with his two remarkable goals, Luke Blackwell had leather poisoning after his 39 possessions while Andrew Walker, the 2003 No. 2 draft pick, showed his class.
Just wondering were is tim hazell at with so many out did he play????
They have a few the minute. What about Gapen?
Nth Bullants 6/10: Should have one by more imo. They were dominating for large chunks of the game (like Round 2) but some thing was stopping them? Don’t think they be making the finals. Devils 5/10: I think need to talk more as a couple of times you could really see a lack of communications between them (putting team mates under pressure) and also learning to kick might help as on a couple of they failed to spot up a free team mate from about 15m. Also stop they could stop switching play to a team mate that has about 3 opponents on them might help. But they hang in and they get marks for that. Geappen and Hazell have not played for a couple of rounds. Geappen must be injured and I think Hazell is running around for Hobart in the AFL South Premier League when fit.