Bogota Bulldogs Soar over Santiago Saints

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Bogota Bulldogs hosted the Santiago Saints on September 3 in the first ever international match of Australian Football to be played in Colombia.  At an altitude of 2,600 metres above sea-level and with a stunning backdrop of the Andes Mountains, the Bulldogs downed the Saints 94 to 48 at Parque Servita in Bogota.

Although tightly-contested for the most part, the Bulldogs ran away to a six goal lead at half time, due in part to more accurate finishing.  Tommy Dutton, hailing from Alice Springs, slotted Colombia’s first ever international goal on his way to being named Man of the Match in the inaugural Andres Cup.  Matt Szaraz added four goals, three of which came in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for the Chileans.  The Bulldogs also got some handy performances from Colombian Santiago Gallo, 18, and Dutchman Raymond Lacroix, who was a constant presence at centre half forward. 

Bogota’s Chris Payne also hit the scoresheet, having left hospital only a few hours earlier and suffering from Pneumonia. That was a great sign of the Bulldogs dedication on the day. 

Among the best on ground were also Santiago’s captain, Iain Last, and their ruckman, Jack Inglis, both of whom put in dominating performances through the midfield. 

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