Donnybrook gave South Bunbury and almighty scare on Saturday afternoon at VC Mitchell Park, as the opening match of round nine of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership Season.
The match was the Dr Ern Manea Cup, along with the Chris Sheehan game, and it would also be the first time that former Coach Julian Burgess and former players Chris Atthowe and Jace Cormack had returned to land of the Dons after all moving to South Bunbury.
The home team started brilliantly kicking four goals to one to lead by 15 points at quarter time, and still held a one goal advantage at half time. The Tigers started to get some more cohesive passages of play in the third quarter, and at the final change scores were level. After a tense opening ten minutes of the last quarter, the Tigers would kick the final three goals to record a hard fought 14 point win.
Kade Wallrodt kicked three for the visitors while Jeff Smith keeps on kicking goals for the Dons, bagging four in a losing team. Thomas Gorter again played well for the Tigers, with Jacob Kendle and Hamish Hutton amongst Donnybrook’s best players.
The Tigers win now sets up a top of the table clash with Bunbury at Payne Park in a weeks time, which should attract a huge crowd, while Donnybrook will host Dunsborough in the Colts, Reserves and Women’s competitions.
South Bunbury 1.3.9 5.4.34 9.5.59 13.8.86
Donnybrook 4.2.26 6.4.40 9.5.59 11.6.72
Goals: South Bunbury – Kade Wallrodt 3, Bodhi Nordahl 2, Jay Crossman 2, Kevin Chitty 2, Rocco Versace 1, Jace Cormack 1, Jesse Crichton 1, Riley Westra 1. Donnybrook – Jeffrey Smith 4, Sean Lynch 2, Shane Cristaldi 1, Ben Howlett 1, Dion Parker 1, Zac Trigwell 1, Adrian Hodgetts 1.
Best: South Bunbury – Thomas Gorter, Craig Hutcheson, Jay Crossman, Chris Atthowe. Donnybrook – Jacob Kendle, Hamish Hutton, Ben Howlett, Sean Lynch, Nick Martin, Bradley Taheny
Ground: VC Mitchell Park
Umpires: Damien O’Donoghue, Michael Hearne