Balmain Dockers News
SYDNEY AFL ROUND 8 2012
- Created on Monday, 28 May 2012 01:27
- Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 07:40
- Written by Jonathan Trott
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Last year’s Grand Final saw East Coast Eagles get the jump on Balmain, and after a devastating first quarter, the premiership was on its way to Bruce Purser for the third year in a row. But a change of name and a NEAFL license meant that the Sydney Hills Eagles side that ran onto Henson Park for a re-match with the Dockers bore little resemblance to the side that lifted the trophy at the end of last season.
This time round, it was Balmain who got the better of the start. After an early behind, Ben Taggart forced a turnover from the kick-in, and with Selby Lee-Steere drawing two defenders, the ball cleared the three-man contest for Sean Bowen to run uncontested into an open goal. Jackson Dwyer played on to get the goal back for the Eagles; but the Dockers began to get the ball onto their forward line with more regularity.