Bunbury hung on for a gripping four-point win over reigning premiers Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault at Payne Park on Sunday. In doing so, the Lions’ proud streak of 24 consecutive wins came to an end. When Brett Hill kicked truly at the 11-minute mark of the third term, the Lions were up by 29 points and looked to have knocked the Bulldogs onto the canvas. But 37 minutes later, not only had the Bulldogs managed to hold the Lions goalless, but they fought their way back to triumph in an epic fashion. The Lions did lose influential big man Jack Fletcher to a troublesome shoulder injury late in the third term, however, this was around the time Bulldogs forwards were starting to hit the scoreboard effectively. Bulldogs superboot Jordan Adamson-Holmes was held goalless by superb Lions backman Zavier Williams, which meant the home side had to be creative in finding their way home. And they did. With Dylan Heasman running amok at times in the forward line, the Bulldogs relentlessly challenged the Lions defence and managed to get within three points at the 16-minute mark of the final term, following a towering goal from Cameron Hay. In the dying stages of time-on, courageous Bulldogs midfielder Jesse Gribble gleefully accepted a handball from teammate Kyle Watts in traffic, and cleverly finished over his shoulder to pinch the win. Lions coach John Baggetta was philosophical after the loss and believed “sometimes you are just not good enough”. “It was just one of those games,” he said. “We dominated for long patches despite the conditions. And even in the last quarter, we had chances even in the final moments, when we really should have iced the game. “Maybe we just rushed at times when we did not need to. Our backline was on top all day, so they needed to get their goals from other avenues.” In the Bulldogs rooms, coach Jamie Nani had a broad smile, as his side remained unbeaten. “I set the boys a challenge to hold them in the third quarter,” he said.