IT was a day for the mudlarks at Tarrawingee on Saturday, and Bulldogs forward Daniel Barassi showed there are few, if any, better when it comes to finding the big sticks in old fashioned winter weather.
Barassi booted five goals to upstage key forwards Hamish Moore and Jesse Hemmens, and on a day when only 10 goals were kicked between the two combatants, his haul was pivotal in leading the Bulldogs to a 51-point win over Bright.
The victory was set up in the first half when Tarrawingee’s defence, led by Kaz O’Keeffe, Dan McCormick, Mark and Jamie Anderson, and Trevor Edwards, was at its stifling best, keeping the Mountain Men to just two behinds and constantly setting up attacks by way of rebounding from the back half.
While Bright’s on-ballers won their share of the football, the Mountain Men constantly fell down at half forward, with the torrential conditions making life extremely difficult for marking targets Tom Buckley and Regan Alexander.
Down the other end Moore and Hemmens were facing the same challenge, but still managed to snag a major each.