Pies return to form as Bulldogs bark loud

Natone have shaken off some indifferent form toadvanceto the second semi-final against South Burnieafter convincingly defeatingSomerset in the qualifying final by 67 points.
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In what was a physical contest it was evident early that Natone had come to play with the inclusion of someimportant players making them almost at full strength.

They tookan eight-point lead intothe first break and opened it up to 21 points by half time with Cam Upton leading the way along with Blake Elphinstone, Brad Lewis, Jeremy DeBomford and Stuart Turner (4 goals).

Matthew Saltmarsh, Joe Gregg, Luke Williams and Kirk Hampton (4 goals) were Somerset’s standouts, butthe Roos lacked goal scoring options and started to become undisciplined.

The Pies capitalised and extended their lead to 32 points at the last change before getting right on top in the last quarter, kicking six goals to one.

Somerset now have a big task to turn things around next week against Cuprona who defeated Queenstown by 120 points in the elimination final on Sunday and in doing so won their first final in at least 10 years.

Nick Cann, Jake Freshney (5 goals), Shannon Conroy and Brett McCall (4 goals each)were in great form for the Bulldogs.

Bulldog boot: Cuprona’s Tyler Brooks kicks his team forward in Sunday’s DFA elimination final against Queenstown. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

The Crows started well, leading by a point at the first beak thanks to Matthew Newson, Michael Keogh, Joe Taylor and Josh Newson (3 goals),but they could not sustain the pressure after quarter time.

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