The Dales Alcock Homes South West, South West Football League, took another twist in round seven, with another upset, plus a change at the top of the ladder, in what is shaping up to be a thrilling finish to the Home and Away season.
The match of the round was witnessed by the second biggest crowd of the season at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, with Busselton hosting Bunbury. The Colts and Womens matches were both won by a point, while the Reserves was a high quality match, with the League game also a close encounter in the first half. Busselton stunned the visitors with a four goal to nil first quarter kicking to the Southern end, but in a great second quarter which had the ball quickly flowing from one end to the other, ten goals were kicked, with the Magpies leading by a solitary point. No one saw what was to come in the third quarter, with Busselton time and time again getting the ball directly out of the middle, and hitting target after target in the forward line, kicking eleven goals in a stunning quarter of Football, one which will be very hard to replicate. Leading by 57 points at the final change, they looked certain to smash the highest score of the season (116 points), but in the end, only just surpassed it, kicking just on goal in the last. On a day with no wind, 24 of the 29 goals were kicked at the Southern end, with the Magpies jumping to the top of the table with Brent Snook, Mitch Howlett and Mitch Tenardi all kicking goals and amogst the best players. Busselton will be at home again this Sunday, when they play Collie Eagles, while Bunbury will travel to Harvey to play the Bulls.
The upset of the round was at VC Mitchell Park. A low scoring slog, totally the opposite of that at Busselton, saw just twelve goals kicked for the entire match, with
the Tigers defeating Donnybrook. The Red and Whites did not hit the front until the last quarter, with the Dons holding a two goal advantage for most of the first three quarters. The third quarter was a dour affair, with neither team kicking a goal, but the Tigers kicked four in the last to win by five points. Donnybrook will play at home again on Saturday when they take on Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, with the Tigers heading to Gloucester Park to play Augusta Margaret River.
The Hawks ventured to Glen Huon Reserve on Saturday and had two issues, one being very inaccurate kicking, and secondly the inability to stop Jarrod and Greg Humphries who between them kicked eleven goals. With the Hawks 1.8.14 at Half Time and 3.14.32 at the final change, they were always playing catch up. To their credit they did kick six goals in the final quarter but Eaton would win by 33 points, which Jarrod Humphries a standout with his six goals.
Collie Eagles topsy turvy season continued, a week after beating top team Bunbury, the Eagles would fall to Carey Park in the Indigenous
Reconcilitation Game at Kelly Park. Scores were level at quarter time, and the Panthers would lead by a behind at half time, before kicking seven unanswered goals in the third quarter, to blow the game wide open. Collie kicked six goals in the last but it was a margin to great in the end with the Panthers scoring a good win by fourteen points, with Riese Wilkey kicking five goals for the home team. Carey Park will play at home against Eaton Boomers on Saturday, in a mini final, with the Panthers still mathematically able to make the finals, while a Boomers win keeping them a win clear of the Hawks and the Dons.
The Lions were untroubled in the Saturday evening clash against traditional rivals Harvey Bulls, leading from start to finish. Brett Hill kicked
another five goals to have a commanding lead in the goal kicking stakes, with the Lions winning by 55 points, enough to put them back into second place on the ladder. The Lions will travel to Donnybrook on Saturday, while the Bulls will be at home to Bunbury.