It was well and truly worth the wait, with three thrilling finishes highlighting the opening round of the Dale Alcock
Homes, South West Football League 2020 Season.
On Saturday, South Bunbury and Eaton Boomers played out the closest finish of the weekend, with a three point margin separating the two teams, with the Boomers prevailing after leading by nine points at the final change. Both teams had chances to win the match in the final minutes with both inaccurate in front of goals, with the Tigers kicking two goals five and the Boomers one goal five in the final quarter.
At Sir Stewart Bovell Park, possibly the biggest crowd at the venue in the last decade attended the fixture between Busselton and Donnybrook, with Busselton leading for most of the match. Both back-lines were on top as the went from one end to the other, with the Dons not hitting the front until late into the third quarter. The Dons kicked the only goal of the final quarter to win by eight points, with Sam Bevan kicking five of Donnybrooks seven goals
On Sunday, Collie Eagles ventured to Harvey Oval to take on the Harvey Bulls, and yet another big crowd was in
attendance. After a tight first half, which saw the Bulls lead by a point, the Eagles kicked the only two goals of the third term to take a handy thirteen point advantage into the final quarter. It looked all over when the Eagles kicked the first goal of the final term, but then the Bulls stormed into contention kicking three quick goals, locking the scores at 55 a piece. Joel Houghton kicked a long range goal late in the match to give the Eagles a seven point win.
Bunbury defeated the Hawks on Saturday by 22 points, overcoming a slow start which saw the Hawks up by eleven points at quarter time. The Bulldogs had a dominant second quarter kicking five goals to one, taking the ascendancy and holding the margin to the final siren. Jess Gribble and Dylan Heasman were amongst the best for the Bulldogs, with the duo both kicking three goals. Mitch Payne and Cody Rodgers were amongst the Hawks best players, with Payne also kicking three goals.
Last years premiers, Harvey Brunswick Leschenault proved too strong for Carey Park, winning by 78 points in the
only big margin of the opening round. Brett Hill kicked six goals for the Lions in a dominant performance. The Lions now sit atop of the SWFL Premiership Ladder with a very healthy percentage, which in a nine round competition puts them in a very good position. It was also the clubs 650th Home and Away victory.