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After Saturday’s uninspiring performance, maybe the Bulldogs wish they were the team with the final-round bye so their wooden spoon season could be put to an early end.

Playing coach John Pratt was outstanding across half-back but couldn’t drag up enough of his teammates to make the game competitive as Red Cliffs increased their lead quarter by quarter.

Aaron Rowe was busy all day, skipper Adam Luitjes toiled manfully in the ruck, John Jackson, Jayden Cogan and Liam Wood had their moments and Tyler Curtis was the most dangerous big man on the field, but too few were required to do too much.

“Credit to Red Cliffs, they completely outplayed us,” Pratt said.

“It was disappointing the way we played though. It was a pretty weak effort.

“I just told them after the game that if we want to improve as a club we have to work more, work harder and we are just not doing that. If you do the same thing, you get the same results.

“So do extra, do more to improve. It’s a bit late in the season for that now but that’s (also about) going into next year.”

The Dogs’ season winds up on Saturday with the short trip down the track to City Oval for a pride-only clash with Mildura.

Story and photos courtesy of Sunraysia Daily

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