Easy beats no longer

Gidgegannup won five grand finals, a spree which ended when Chidlow Cougars won by four points last season.
Easy beats no longer
Gidgegannup won five grand finals, a spree which ended when Chidlow Cougars won by four points last season.

Chidlow won by a massive 164 points while Gidgegannup won by 45.

But there were promising signs a couple of last season�s easy beats will be much more competitive this season.

Parkerville, which won just eight of their 16 games in 2014, and their round one rival Bullsbrook, which won just five games last season, are the obvious big improvers.

Parkerville downed Chidlow to win the recent lightning, pre-season carnival and prevailed by 21 points in a highly entertaining round-one clash with Bullsbrook.

The young Saints came out firing in the first quarter, booting 2.6 to a goal. They led by 16 points at half time and it was all tied at at 50 points apiece at three-quarter time. But the Bushrangers finished the strongest, booting 4.7 to 1.4 to prevail by 21 points.

The new-look Saints showed a good deal of promise with a different game style and hardness about them under the direction of new coach Steve Burgess.

Bullsbrook controlled much of the play in the first half and should have gone into the long break with a comfortable lead had their kicking in front of goals been more accurate.

In the third quarter, the Bushrangers started to find a bit more of the football and slowly chipped away the Saints� lead.

When it came down to the crunch in the final quarter, the Bushrangers showed a little more desperation while the Saints were pressured into a few crucial errors.

Final scores were Parkerville 11.15 (81) to Bullsbrook 7.18 (60).