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Scratch match buoys Nani

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Bulldogs boss Jamie Nani was happy with his side’s return to duty on Saturday.
Camera IconBulldogs boss Jamie Nani was happy with his side’s return to duty on Saturday. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Bunbury Football Club league coach Jamie Nani believes Saturday’s intraclub scratch match at Payne Park was a step in the right direction for his side.

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted on Saturday regarding contact sport, the Bulldogs threw themselves back into the line of duty and there was no shortage of passion out in the middle.

“Considering most guys had not played competitive footy in ... shivers, we had one scratch match before we got shut down in March,” Nani said.

“So they have not done a lot since then and the last two weeks the ball work has been in one third of the oval — so it was not like you were stretching out and testing yourself.”

“I was impressed with it. Some of the boys, while not playing for sheep stations, treated it as a serious hit out.

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The Bulldogs boss said several fresh faces and charismatic characters would push for selection.

“There is a group coming out of another colts premiership side who will be knocking on the door,” Nani said.

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