Round 2: Esperance hosted Gibson in a twilight fixture and in a see sawing affair, Gibson ran out victors by 17 points after a late flurry of goals.
Gibson looked slick early in the first quarter with two quick goals before Esperance found their feet bouncing back to see both sides end the quarter on four goals apiece.
The second quarter was again a tight tussle before Esperance opened up a two goal lead in the third term and with early goals in the final term an upset looked on the cards.
However, good sides find a way and after some changes made by Mick Kryger, Gibson hit the lead with about five minutes to go and added the last two goals in a thrilling victory.
Brendon White again was outstanding for the Bulldogs in a complete performance through the midfield.
His tackling was good, run and delivery around the ground excellent and he managed to get forward and boot three goals as well.
Kaden Neill relished his change to centre half back and backed into packs marking, intercept marked and dominated overheard for three quarters before succumbing to cramp in the fourth which may have had a big bearing on the result.
Other good players for Esperance were Brayden Wood, Roy McPhee and Jamie Jones.
Reece Griffith kicked three goals in attack but some missed chances, particularly in the third term left the door open.
Gibson perhaps underestimated their opposition and had a very low tackle count during the middle quarters and after Patch Jannings went off injured they had to respond.
Jeremy Curry played another great game, Aogan McCallion and Ben Liddelow were good midfielders, Travis Stewart was good in attack and on the ball and Ash Bowman looked like the player of his hay day.
The final score read Gibson 15-12 (102) to Esperance 13-7 (85).
Gibson 14-12 (96 points) defeating Esperance 4-6 (30 points).
Best Gibson: Guy Green, Digby Harris, Callum Crawford and Brad McLean.
Best Esperance: Todd Smith, Ryan Niel, Jason Jackson, Connor Ward and Wade Lear.