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Jurien Bay and Dandaragan set up second-place showdown with big wins over league battlers

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
Hamish Rodgers gets above Joel Waldram as the Saints smashed the Pirates.
Camera IconHamish Rodgers gets above Joel Waldram as the Saints smashed the Pirates. Credit: Facebook

Jurien Bay Bulldogs and the Dandaragan Saints both recorded big wins over the weekend to set up a tantalising clash in the penultimate round of the Central Midlands Coastal Football League.

In truth, there was little doubt the results would go any other way such is the gulf between the top three and bottom two this year.

After what was a drought-breaking grand final appearance last year for Moora, the first since the Rovers and Warriors merged, the Mavericks have fallen off a cliff and look destined for a wooden spoon after a 23.13 (151) to 6.6 (42) loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.

The Bulldogs kicked eight goals to two in the first quarter and never looked back passing the 100-point mark in the third quarter on their way to their highest score this season and the fourth time they’ve kicked 20 goals in a game this year.

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Wayde Twomey led the way with five goals as he continues his strong form since joining the Bulldogs mid-season with Curtis Altiner the next best with four and Nick Menegola having his best game of the season.

At Dandaragan the Saints smashed the Pirates 17.14 (116) to 5.7 (37) to bounce back from a tight loss to Cervantes.

The Saints were quite as ruthless as the Bulldogs on the attacking end but their defence was stifling restring the Pirates to just five behinds in the first half.

The Saints were already up by 56 points and though the Pirates hit the scoreboard in the second half it was little more than window dressing with the Saints miles ahead.

Mathew Johnson was the star with eight goals to his name in what had been a relatively quiet season by his standards with Matthew Tilbee next best with three goals.

The big wins have both the Bulldogs and Saints on 28 points and are separated by just three percentage points meaning whoever wins when they meet this weekend could take second place.

In netball, Jurien Bay dominated Moora 58-16 while Dandaragan had a big win againstLancelin 39-14 and sets up a top-of-the-table clash this weekend.

Jurien Bay also upset Moora in the hockey ending the Mavericks unbeaten run 2-1 thanks to goals from Marie Murray and Rachel Marsden to pick up just their second win this season.

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