Carey Park have staged a remarkable come from behind victory against the reigning premiers, Donnybrook, on a very warm Saturday afternoon at VC Mitchell Park.
The Dons started well, kicking the opening two goals inside ten minutes and when Sam Lowrie kicked his second at the eighteen minute mark, signs looked ominous for the visitors. Another goal from the goal line, had the home team four goals up, but a late goal to the Panthers had the margin at seventeen points at the first break.
It took ten minutes for the first goal of the second quarter, and as it turned out it would be Donnybrook’s last of the match. An infringement of the new, six, six, six rule by Donnybrook had an instant result, with Carey Park kicking an immediate reply, with the margin remaining at seventeen points at the long break.
Coach Richard Barnard told his chargers they were still in it, and expected them to run over the top of the Dons in the second half. Barnard proved correct, with a high pressure third quarter with the Panthers doing all of the attacking, having the ball inside their attacking 50m arc for the majority of the term. Brendan Shand kicked an early goal to reduce the margin to 12 points. and when Jeffrey Carter kicked truly at the nine minute mark the margin was just six points. That would be the final goal of the quarter, with the home team defending grimly for the remainder.
A mark and goal from Jeffrey Carter put Carey Park in front by a point early in the fourth, and an upset looked likely. Soon after Andrew Rake saved a certain Donnybrook goal, and with a quick transference of play, Carter kicked another, with the Panthers up by seven points. When the Panthers kicked their seventh from a ball up fifteen metres from goal, the Dons looked cooked, with the temperature in the high 20s. Zane Verhaaf put the result beyond doubt at the 15 minute mark of the last, with the Panthers going on to defeat Donnybrook by 21 points.
The Dons didn’t kick a goal after the ten minute mark of the second term, and failed to score in the final quarter, leaving the premiers plenty of work to do when they face Busselton on Sunday, again at VC Mitchell Park. Carey Park meanwhile will play Eaton Boomers at Glen Huon Reserve, who ran rampant against Collie Eagles on Sunday.
Carey Park 1.1-7 2.3-15 4.5-29 8.8-56
Donnybrook 4.0-24 5.2-32 5.5-35 5.5-35
Goals: Carey Park – Jeffrey Carter 4, Riese Wilkey, Zane Verhaaf, Aaron Holmes, Brendan Shand. Donnybrook – Sam Lowrie 2, Lance Smith, Sean Lynch, Ethan Christofis
Best: Carey Park – Jaxon Bell, Jeffrey Carter, Brandon Yarran, Zane Verhaaf, Andrew Rake. Donnybrook – Shane Cristaldi, Bradman May, Jacob Kendle, Luke Dale, Blair Hutton
Umpires: Aaron Andrews, Scott Jones
Ground: VC Mitchell Park