Bunbury and Harvey Brunswick Leschenault fought out a thrilling draw at the South West Sports Centre on Sunday, the first of the season.
The game began slowly, with both teams only scoring seven goals between them in the first quarter.
Slow scoring continued in the second quarter, with Bunbury making no positional changes, while the Lions introduced Amber Byrne and Marriah Dawson into the game.
The third quarter resulted in both teams struggling to keep possession – but with the Lion’s wing defence Byrne shutting down Bunbury’s feeds into the circle, the Lions were able to take a 27-22 advantage into the final term.
The fourth quarter was a battle of possession.
As the ball went back and forth, the defence from both teams were on fire and working well.
Bunbury’s decision to bring on Sophie Price as goal-keeper led to tighter defensive pressure in the circle and slowed HBL’s feeds into their shooters. This allowed the Bulldogs to draw their way back and salvage a draw.
The Eaton Boomers claimed another dominant victory, after defeating South Bunbury 47-30 at the Eaton Recreation Centre.
Boomers goal-keeper Kasey Joy continued her outstanding form. Aside from terrorising the Tigers front line, she secured a number of intercepts.
Further up court, Kirsty Fitzgerald and Jodie Clayton combined well to feed sharp-shooter Mikaisha Watts, who dropped goals with ease.
Despite accurate shooting from Tigers ace Gemma Chapman, the Boomers took a commanding 39-19 lead going into the final break. The Tigers added some respectability on the scoreboard in the final quarter, but the game was gone.
In the remaining game of the round, Busselton rolled Carey Park 53-15 at the South West Sports Centre, on the back of stellar performance from Lisa Millan and Janelle Pagan.
There is a general bye for Netball this weekend.