Round two of the Dale Alcock Homes South West Premiership Season, provided two more thrilling finishes, with big crowds at both venues to witness an end to end thriller, and a kick after the siren heart-breaker.
At Glen Huon Reserve on Sunday, Eaton Boomers played their first home game of the
season against the reigning premiers, with both teams having late chances to win the game in front of the biggest crowd of the round. The Lions started like a house on fire and you could be excuses at quarter time for thinking the game was all over, with the Lions kicking six goals to two. The twenty five point quarter time margin extended to 34 points at half time, and was still 27 points at the final break, with the Boomers storming home kicking four unanswered goals to finish two points shy as the siren sounded. Brett Hill who kicked six goals in the opening round, backed it up with a best on ground seven goals, as the Lions remain undefeated.
On Saturday in the Hickman Cup, despite leading at quarter time, the Bulls gave up the advantage to
Donnybrook who kicked five goals in the second quarter, keeping Harvey Bulls scoreless, to lead by twenty five points at the main break. The third quarter saw the Bulls fight back with four quick goals to have the margin at four points at the final break. In a pulsating last quarter, goals were at a premium, with the Bulls three points down, with a kick after the siren scrapping in for a behind, with the Dons claiming a two point win. The Dons are now one of four teams to be undefeated after two weeks, and will now face Collie Eagles next Sunday in Collie, with the Bulls will venture to Gloucester Park, with both the Hawks and Bulls searching for their first win.
On Sunday, it was a shoot-out at Hands Oval, with the first ten scoring shots all goals, and at once stage
midway through the second quarter, scores were level at five goals a piece. The Eagles then started to gain some authority, leading by four goals at half time. Collie dominated the third quarter, and at one point kicked nine out of the last ten goals to lead by forty four points at the final break. The third quarter became heated at times, which led to two players being sent off. South Bunbury did play out the match, winning the final quarter, but the match was well and truly over, with the Eagles convincing 39 point victors, with Joel Houghton kicking six goals including one on his left boot, running away from the goals deep in the pocket in the last quarter. The Tigers will face Harvey Brunswick Leschenault in Brunswick in round three, while Collie will face equally undefeated Donnybrook in Collie.
The Busselton Toyota Cup looked to be Augusta Margaret Rivers, with a strong opening term, where the home side kicked five goals,
but then they managed just four for the rest of the match. The Hawks still lead by ten points at the half time break, but Busselton’s third term was where the game was won, kicking six goals to one, to take a 19 point lead into the final quarter. The Magpies kept the pressure on in the last quarter to win by 34 points, the biggest winning margin in their last nine encounters, with the Magpies defending the Cup after losing six in a row up until last season. Busselton will return to Sir Stewart Bovell Park for the first twilight fixture of 2020 when they host Carey Park, while the Hawks will host the Bulls in a must win match for both teams, with the loser to be win-less after three rounds, and out of contention for finals in a shortened season.
Finally in a big weekend for forwards, Jordan Adamson-Holmes was a major difference between the Bunbury Bulldogs and Carey Park at Kelly Park on Saturday in the Nani Cup, with Adamson-Holmes kicking eight goals, with the Bulldogs winning by 61 points. The half time margin was 23 points, but the third quarter would be the difference with the Black and Gold kicking seven goals to open up a commanding lead. Bunbury have now won the last five Nani Cup fixtures, and will play Eaton Boomers at PC Payne Park on Sunday, while Carey Park will face Busselton in a twilight fixture in Busselton on Saturday.