Football: Coach keen for Bulldogs to spark

South Western Times

Bunbury will have to reverse its sluggish early season form if it is to challenge for the silverware this season, according to coach Ryan Pitts.

The Bulldogs have not tasted victory in round one since 2009, a worrying trend Pitts is hoping to stamp out this Saturday when his team hosts Carey Park.

Despite playing finals in each of the past three seasons, Bunbury has been off the boil early.In 2010 the Bulldogs started the season with consecutive defeats, while in 2011 they did not register a victory until round four.

Bunbury lost to Busselton and Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault in rounds one and two last year before recovering to make the preliminary final.

“We were in a position to win at least one of those,” Pitts said.

“To get a good start gives you that momentum and if you can winenough games early on it really helps you set up for the back end of the season.”

Pitts said the Bulldogs were gunning for a top three finish in 2013.

“We’re pretty happy with what we’ve done pre-season,” he said.

“It’s been a good lead-up. We should be able to have a really good crack at the first round.

“Against Carey Park it’s usually a pretty competitive contest.

“It doesn’t matter who we have out there or who they have, it’s usually a pretty tight game.”

Meanwhile, Panthers’ veteran Arron Hill will play on this year and said he was hoping to spend more time in the forward line.

Hill, 35, booted 47 goals last season and said he was still having fun on the field.

“Things are looking pretty good at Kelly Park,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of young crew coming through.”

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