Although the Bulldogs burst out of the blocks in traditional fashion to lead by 23 points at quarter-time, the brave Saints matched them for the rest of the contest.
Bullsbrook booted 6.0 to Gidge’s 6.2 in the second term and scored 3.1 to the Bulldogs’ 4.1 in the third.
But for some inaccurate kicking in the last quarter, when they kicked 3.5 to Gidge’s 4.1, the Saints would have finished much closer than the 27-point margin.
The first quarter started at a fast pace, with both teams spreading the ball well and delivering clean footy into their forward lines. Gidgegannup converted the better of the two and went into quarter-time with a handy four-goal lead.
The brutal contest was not without incident, with a Bulldogs player suffering an ankle injury and a Saints player breaking a wrist.
In the second quarter, the Saints began to find the run they have shown all year and took it up to Gidgegannup, kicking the first five goals of the quarter.
But Gidge settled late in the term to take a four-goal lead at half-time.
The Saints threw everything they had at the Bulldogs in the third quarter. Again, they closed the gap to within two goals before Gidge managed to snare a few late ones and lead at the last change by four goals.
The last quarter was a last man standing affair, with both teams down to no fit players on the bench.
Jack Chabriere was a stand-out up forward for the Saints with nine goals.
For Gidge, Chris Scott had three goals in a best-on-ground performance.
In other games, Chidlow were way two strong for Wundowie, keeping the Warriors scoreless in three quarters on the way to a massive 221-point win.
Another 12-goal haul to spearhead Shayne Long lifted Forrestfield to a six-goal win over Mt Helena. Long now has 87 goals for the season and needs just 13 against Wundowie and Chidlow in the last two games of the season to top the ton.
Pickering Brook and Parkerville battled out a close contest for three quarters before the Hawks did best in a slogging finish to win by nine points.