2020 has been bizarre in so many ways in everyday life, so we should probably expect it in the 2020 Dale Alcock Homes South West, South West Football League season, which saw more unpredictable results across the course of the weekend.
The weather also played its part, with glorious weather on Saturday, with the wettest weather of the season on Sunday, which saw Gloucester Park start the day as an inland lake, while Sir Stewart Bovell Park was also copping a battering, with strong winds and rain.
On Saturday, Harvey Brunswick Leschenault ventured to VC Mitchell Park to take on Donnybrook, with a very close first half, with just one point separating the two teams in the first half. The second half though, was all the Lions, kicking six goals to one, taking a comfortable 32 point win. Brendan Tingey was amongst the best and kicked three goals for the Lions, while youngster Jakeb Burford was the best for the Dons. The Lions will play their final home and away match against the Hawks at Brunswick, while the Dons will take on Bunbury at PC Payne Park on Sunday.
In the other Saturday fixture, the end result didn’t reflect the closeness of the match. The Boomers started strongly, kicking five straight goals,
and led by 14 points at the main break. Across the second half, the Panthers twice got within four points, and missed a set shot to hit the front, which seemed to spur the Boomers into life, with Eaton winning by five goals. Not for the first time this shortened season, Jarrod Humphries kicked six goals, while Jeffrey Carter kicked five goals for the Panthers.
On Sunday, very wet conditions greeted South Bunbury who ventured to Gloucester Park to take on Augusta Margaret River. The home team led by a point at quarter time, and scores were level at half time, before the Tigers up by nine points at three quarter time. With the flood lights blaring, the home team were sparked into action by a goal kick out of mid air by Harry Taylor, who ended with five goals, with the five final quarter goals by the Hawks getting them home by 18 points. Jordan Strahan played well all day for the Tigers, kicking three goals.
Up the road at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, a good crowd was on hand to see Collie Eagles take on Busselton, who the week before stunned Bunbury with an eleven goal
quarter to shoot to the top of the League Ladder at the end of round seven. A week later, the home team could only manage one goal for the entire match, with the unpredictable Eagles winning by nine points. In a dour last quarter, neither team scored with Joseph Scafidi kicking two of the four goals for the Eagles, who hold on to fourth spot on the ladder. The Eagles will now play Eaton Boomers on Sunday, in what could well be the Elimination Final the week later, depending on who wins, while Busselton will travel to Harvey to take on the Bulls.
In the final game of the round, Bunbury were too strong, winning by 36 points on a water logged Harvey Oval. Cameron Hay kept his good form going kicking three goals to three quarter time. Neither team could manage a goal in the final quarter. Bunbury will host Donnybrook on Sunday for the Peter Betti Cup, while Harvey will host Busselton.