Glenmore Bulls hold out resurgent Rockhampton Panthers
THE Rockhampton Panthers kicked three goals in as many minutes late in the third quarter to come back into the match against the Glenmore Bulls.
Early in the third quarter the Bulls looked comfortable and had kicked away to a five-goal lead. But a resurgent Panthers made a late charge to set up a gripping final quarter. In the end it wasn't enough and they went down by 10 points; 3.3, 8.4, 11.8, 12.8 (80) to 2.3, 5.7, 8.8, 10.10 (70).
"We led throughout the match and we were away by five goals at one stage in the third quarter," Bulls coach Cameron Imrie said. "Then they came at us pretty hard late in the third, they kicked three goals in three minutes and they were right at us again. So, I am very pleased to win that game."
Two players stood tall for the Bulls, an injured Isaac Kielly and Kris Bulman.
"Isaac had himself all strapped up and played injured and was absolutely awesome," Imrie said.
"He normally plays off the half back line but he played everywhere where we needed him on Saturday. When he went forward he kicked goals or made goal assists and when he dropped back he cut off the footy.
"And Kris kicked three. One of those goals was from 60 metres out and that just swung the momentum of the game our way."
Imrie believes the Bulls are coming together as a side nicely, admitting that a tight contest like Saturday's game against the Panthers would have been beyond them earlier in the season
"In the first part of the season we would have lost that game," Imrie said.
"Now we have improved and we are building our season and we are winning those really tight, tough contests."