Bunbury have won one of the games of the season at PC Payne Park on Sunday in the Peter Betti Cup, when they came from behind to defeat a gallant Donnybrook.
Donnybrook won the toss and kicked with the aide of a very handy breeze, but it would be Bunbury who would strike first, kicking the opening goal.
Donnybrook then responded, and when Sam Lowrie kicked the Don’s third goal, the advantage was truly with the visitors. A minute later Donnybrook kicked another, and when Cody Miller took a great pack mark, followed by a goal, the lead had swelled to 28 points, silencing the home crowd. At the 24 minute mark Donnybrook scored again, and with the margin at 34 points, alarm bells were ringing. Two late goals in the last 30 seconds of quarter to Bunbury, would be critical for not only momentum, but also the final result.
Bunbury slowly clawed their was back into the match, and when Patrick Farrant kicked the Bulldogs sixth straight goal, the momentum had well and truly swung back in favour of the home team. Another late goal would see the margin just four points at the main break.
Bradman May extended the lead for the Dons in the third from close range, but a horrendous clearance error in the middle of the ground led to a Brett Peake reply. Donnybrook answered soon after, before Bunbury went the length of the ground after a Donnybrook behind, to kick their ninth and reduce the margin to five points at the final break.
Bunbury hit the front for the first time since the seven minute mark of the first quarter, when Brett Peake kicked one of the goals of the season. Peake took possession of the ball on the wing and after five bounces, unloaded from 40 metres out, (in front of the scoreboard) and it never looked like missing. Not to be outdone, Sam Lowrie minutes later kicked an equally impressive goal to keep the Dons within touch, from deep in the pocket. When Peake kicked another brilliant goal (his fourth) from deep in the opposite pocket to his last, followed by a Patrick Farrant goal at the 23 minute mark, the Dons looked destined to be on the wrong side of the result. To their credit, they rallied again, kicking two quick goals, and with 40 seconds left on the clock, the margin was reduced to four points. A crucial centre clearance for the Dons was not forthcoming though, as the ball found its way to the outer wing before the siren sounded.
Cam Lamonica won the Peter Betti medal for best player on the ground.
Bunbury will now venture to the Collie Recreation Ground on Sunday, to play second placed Collie Eagles in the game of the round, while Donnybrook will play Eaton Boomers at Glen Huon Reserve in a highly crucial clash, with the winner to stay in the race for the five, while the loser will struggle to make it with the games remaining.
Bunbury 3.0-18 7.0-42 9.2-56 14.5-89
Donnybrook 6.4-40 7.4-46 9.7-61 13.7-85
Goals: Bunbury – : B. Peake 4, P. Farrant 3, C. Walker 2, B. Frazer 2, M. Doherty, A. Preedy, C. Lamonica. Donnybrook – K. Hug 2, S. Lowrie 2, B. Page 2, R. Ralston, J. Parker, S. Lynch, C. Miller, L. Dale, B. May, T. Gregory
Best: Bunbury – C Lamonica, B Peake, P Farrant. Donnybrook – K. Hug, S. Lowrie, J. Kendle, B. May, B. Page, S. Cristaldi
Umpires: Paul Cronin, Vance Burton
Ground: PC Payne Park, Bunbury