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REIGNING North Gippsland football premier Sale City handed Yarram its first loss for the season in a huge upset at Stephenson Park on Saturday.
The 10.9 (69) to 9.12 (66) win is a shot in the arm for the Bulldogs’ finals prospects and hoists them to fourth spot on the ladder.
With two weeks to go before the finals, Demons president Anthony Rodaughan said the loss was a “timely wake-up call”.
“Winning form is good form, but complacency and a long season can build up at times, but I think (the loss) is a reminder to sharpen the game and lift the work rate,” he said.
“It was an arm wrestle all day. We had several chances to win, but poor kicking let us down and we also didn’t use the ball very well.”
The Bulldogs welcomed back captain Ben Chivers, Mitch Evans, Justin McLay and Abe Schuback, while Liam Farley and Tyler Chisholm were missing in action for Yarram, as was coach Matt Scholz.
“We were a little off our best, but Dan Vardy was very good once again, as was Griffin Underwood and Chris Bruns and Liam Bentley,” Rodaughan said.
“For Sale City, Bohdi Walker and (Abe and Jacob) Schuback played very good and direct football and maximised their opportunities whereas we probably didn’t.”
A trio of Bulldogs presented with two goals each in the win — Evan Johnson, Stuart Buckley and McLay — while Jack Moore’s three was the most of any Demons.