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Bulldogs desperately searching for weaknesses to exploit

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September 07, 2017

Strathmerton's Tyron Hill has kicked 30 goals this season and is an important factor if his side is to upset reigning premier Picola United in Saturday's Picola District Football League north-west grand final.

Strathmerton will be looking to use the knowledge gained from various clashes against Picola United this season to engineer revenge for last year’s grand final loss.

Co-coach Tim Bramich would like to exploit the weaknesses of the Blues — he just has to find them first.

‘‘They don’t have many weaknesses, they’re a very even side,’’ he said.

‘‘They got a hold of us (in the second semi-final), but the top three sides have all been close all year, so hopefully that was just one out of the box.’’

The Bulldogs just scraped over the line last week against Blighty and will need to lift their output for the big dance on Saturday.

‘‘We got through unscathed, which was good,’’ Bramich said.

‘‘We’ll be pretty much unchanged, our midfield’s really strong so we need them to have a good day and if we have an even contribution elsewhere we’ll be right. We can’t leave it up to one or two.’’

With Strathmerton’s reserves also lining up this weekend, Bramich said the mood at training was upbeat.

‘‘There’s a good vibe around the club and a good atmosphere on the track,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re hoping for a good contest.’’

Adrian Crestani (47 goals for the year) will be an important cog once again up forward for Strathmerton, while Daniel Ellis (41), Tyron Hill (30) and Matt O’Kane (28) have also found the middle of the big sticks regularly.

The Bulldogs have also been energised by the News’ live-streaming of the Picola District Football League north-west division on Monday night, and are looking forward to strutting their stuff in front of another huge audience on grand final day.

‘‘The vote count was great, it got all the boys talking, knowing that they’ll be on TV,’’ Bramich said.

‘‘There’s definitely a few boys with a few clean cuts running around this week.’’

Strathmerton fell 83 points short of Picola United in last year’s grand final.

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