TURVEY Park has ensured the race for the last two finals spots only gets tighter after a dominant second half set up a 20.10 (130) to 10.7 (67) win at Narrandera on Saturday.
Needing to win to remain in touch with the top five and to respond to last week's 113-point loss against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, the Eagles tested the Bulldogs in the first half.
The visitors led by just nine points at the major break, but a ten-goals-to-one second half ensured a comfortable percentage-boosting win.
After making his VFL debut last week for GWS Giants, Luke Fellows brought that confidence back to the Riverina League with four goals, while the added running power of Matt Ness also improved the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (5-6) are now level on wins (5-5) with fifth-placed Wagga Tigers. They have a bye next week before a crucial clash against fourth-placed Collingullie Glenfield Park (6-4), who take on high-flying Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong on Sunday.
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"The first half was testament to how well Narrandera played. When they got their opportunities on the rebound they hurt us, but once we got our defence sorted against their big forward line we were right," Bulldogs coach Michael Mazzocchi said.
"Last week was a bad loss but we missed Luke Fellows, Matt Ness and Ben Lewington, they really provided that run.
"Luke Fellows probably rivalled (Nessy) for best on ground, we were short a key forward and we were able to slot him in. He's going to be a player of the future."
Turvey Park 4.2 10.5 15.9 20.10 (130) def Narrandera 4.2 9.2 10.4 10.7 (67)
Goals: Turvey Park - Luke Fellows 4, Tyler Cunningham 3, Andrew Saddler 2, Lachlan Leary 2, Bradley Ashcroft 2, Mitchell Ward 2, Matthew Ness, Luke Mazzocchi, Billy Glanvill, Angus Curry, Jack Haggar; Narrandera - Angus Durnan 4, Robert Tuohey 3, Isaac Bunge 2, Luke Mckay
Best: Turvey Park - Matthew Ness, Billy Glanvill, Luke Fellows, Angus Curry, Stephen Camp, William O'Connor; Narrandera Eagles - Angus Durnan, Luke Mckay, Theodore Metcalfe, Cooper Irons, Bradley Hutchison, Fergus Inglis
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