27 June, 2022
Premier Bulls clean sweep over Cutters
THE Mareeba Bulls have returned winners from the weekend trip to Innisfail, with both their premier men’s and ladies teams winning games.
The premier ladies were up first on Saturday night, missing a few key players and pulling up reserves from the lower grade.
They got away early scoring the first goal, however after becoming complacent, Innisfail capitalised and edged forward in the score.
With 10 minutes to go and trailing by one goal, Sam Cater broke through and managed to put two goals into Innisfail’s net and secure the win at 4-3.
Coach Marcello Savaglio said while the performance was not the best it was great to get a win on the road.
"It was a bit of a struggle throughout the game but we managed to get the points,” he said.
“The performance was not great but the result was and I am just happy we got away with the win.
“It was a really tough road trip to do.”
The men’s game went down to the wire as the Bulls slotted the deciding goal in extra time after a hard-fought game.
The Bulls started well with the Innisfail Cutters opening the score first before the Bulls managed to equalise right on the stroke of halftime at 1-1.
Out of the gate the Bulls scored again two minutes after the restart and looked to be in a winning position with the fulltime whistle edging closer.
Innisfail managed to sneak one past the Bulls defence and tie the score up just before fulltime, forcing the game into extra time.
The Bulls slotted the final and deciding goal during extra time to give them the win in a nailbiting finish, ending 3-2.
Coach Kane Alderton said the victory was a great confidence booster for the team as they headed into the second half of the season.
“It is a good confidence booster for the boys to realise that if they put in that effort and fight, the results can go their way,” he said.
“There was eight or so minutes of extra time added with injuries and balls missing.
“The boys stuck strong and ended up on top.”