Bulldogs bite back to win Wellington Grand Final
19 Dec, 2019
The Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs are Premiers once again after overcoming a gallant Wellington City Saints side to win the Wellington AFL Grand Final at Hutt Park.
For the fourth consecutive year the Wellington City Saints and Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs went head to head in the WAFL Grand Final.
It was the Saints who took the honours in 2018 and managed to break the 5 year Premiership streak of the Dog’s.
The typical Northerly was howling and the sun shining as both sides were ready to assert their dominance early in in the first quarter.
The Saints kicked the first goal of the game and had the wind behind them but the Bulldogs were hungry to win and their defence stepped up for the rest of the quarter to only let in 2 behinds.
In the second term, the Saints fared well against the Doggies onslaught allowing a couple of goals. Peter Halstead had a strong first half while Kewa Macmillin-Perata offered great support around the contest.
The Bulldogs went into the main break with a 2 goal lead and knew they needed to be strong in defence in the third term.
The Premiership quarter was a tough-fought affair and the honours went to the Bulldogs who managed to kick 2 goals into the wind.
With the momentum behind them, the Bulldogs kicked on in the final term as they held the Saints scoreless and pulled away with another 2 goals to claim the 30 point victory.
After a break in their 5-year premiership streak, the Bulldogs raised the cup once again.
Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs: 7.11.53
Wellington City Saints: 3.5.23