Panthers Weather The Storm

It was cold, wet and miserable at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Saturday afternoon, with Carey Park winning the League encounter by 29 points, set up by a ten minute blitz in the third quarter.

Despite not raining for most of the League match, the ground was wet and slippery after several very heavy down-pours particularly in the Reserves.

It took seventeen minutes for the opening and only goal of the first quarter when Matthew Welburn converted, at the Highway end.   It then took until the thirteen minute mark of the second quarter for Jordan Wallam to mark in a big pack and kick truly, for Carey Park to get within two points at the main break, which would be one of the lowest half time aggregate scores in many years.

Regan Mrsich was awarded a free kick for a high tackle early in the third, which gave the home team a seven point lead.  That margin extended to thirteen a minute later when Jed Kemp took a strong mark right in front.  From that point on, it would be all Carey Park, who kicked four goal in six minutes and five in a ten minute burst to break the game wide open, with Jordan Wallam kicking to tremendous goals in the process.

With the margin at seventeen points at the final change, Wallam would mark and goal, two minutes into the last and the game was essentially over.  If it wasn’t then it was a minute later when Wallam marked on the goal line, kicking his fifth for the match.   Daniel McGinlay would kick the only Busselton goal in the final quarter with an excellent snap on the run but it was all too late, with Riese Wilkey snapping a late goal to put the icing on the cake for the visitors.

Jamahl Mullholand played a great game and was seemingly everywhere at one point getting plenty of possessions.

Carey Park will face unbeaten Harvey Brunswick Leschenault next Saturday in a twilight fixture, while Busselton will travel to Harvey on Sunday to take on the Bulls.

Match Centre

Carey Park  0.2-2  1.3-9  6.4-40  9.5-59
Busselton  1.3-9  1.5-11  3.5-23  4.6-30

Goals: Carey Park – Jordan Wallam 5, Riese Wilkey 2, Eli Hill , Jeffrey Carter   Busselton – Daniel Mcginlay, Regan Mrsich, Matthew Welburn, Jed Kemp
Best: Carey Park – Jamahl Mulholland, Rory O’Brien, Jordan Wallam, Heath Stewart, Dylan Garlett, Zane Verhaaf  Busselton –  Mitchell Tenardi, Joshua Embry, Jedd Brennan, Jackson Arbon, Regan Mrsich, Ethan Bowman
Umpires: Damien O’Donoghue, Aaron Andrews
Ground: Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Reports: Nil