Busselton Victory With Last Quarter Blitz

Busselton romped to victory at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Sunday afternoon, kicking seven unanswered goals in the final quarter to defeat the Bunbury Bulldogs by 55 points before a healthy crowd, on a perfect day for football.

The match promised plenty and duly delivered in the first three quarters, with Busselton taking a six point lead into the first break, before three lead changes in the second quarter had the home team up by seven points at half time in a tough uncompromising match, with just seven goals kicked between the two teams.

The game started to open up in the third quarter as both teams found the scoreboard more frequently, with Busselton taking a twelve point lead into the final change, with a big finish imminent.

That big finish only came from one team, as Busselton kicked goal after goal in the final term, as Bunbury managed just one behind in the final term, sinking to their third consecutive loss, and kicking just thirteen goals in the process in those three games.

Busselton’s win now puts them equal with Bunbury on points, and will now only play teams below them on the ladder for the remainder of the home and away season, while Bunbury still have matches against the Hawks and the Tigers at the back end of the season.

Nathan Arbon was the best player on the ground, while Jed Kemp kicked his biggest haul of the season, finishing with five goals.

MATCH CENTRE
Busselton  3.4.22  4.6.30  8.7.55  15.9.99
Bunbury  2.4.16  3.5.23  6.7.43  6.8.44

Goals:  Busselton – Jed Kemp 5, Liam Creighton 3, Mitchell Howlett 3, Beau Chinnery 2, Jake Dugan 1, Bailey Sanford 1.  Bunbury – Hayden Yarran 2, Scott Doncon 1, Cameron Hay 1, Jett Rigby 1, Tyson Wood 1.
Best:  BusseltonNathan Arbon, Jed Kemp, Bailey Sanford, Zac Pethybridge, Jake Dugan, Lachlan Wood.  Bunbury – Matt Partridge, Jackson Oliver, Jesse Gribble, Dylan Heasman, Scott Doncon, Beau Luzi.
Ground:  Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Umpires:  Daniel Ebert, Damien O’Donoghue, Scott Jones
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  654

Nathan Arbon flanked by Field Umpires Daniel Ebert and Damien O’Donoghue after being announced as best on ground.

Tigers Unleash On Collie Eagles

South Bunbury showed no mercy on the Collie Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Hands Memorial Oval, beating the win-less Eagles by 91 points, in their round fourteen clash.

The opening term took six minutes for the first goal, courtesy of Jordan Strahan from a set shot.  The Collie Eagles would not be denied early, kicking three goals in six minutes courtesy of Jayce Fontana, Cameron Davidson and Jaxon Pitts.   After that time though, the Tigers would kick nine goals either side of quarter time before the Eagles would score again.

The Tigers simply couldn’t miss, kicking goals from all angles and were 13.2.80 at the half time break, with Strahan having three goals at half time.

Cameron Davidson kicked an early goal in the third quarter from long range for the Eagles, but that only sparked the Tigers into action again with Ethan Nordahl kicking two goals in three minutes, and when Strahan kicked his fourth at the the 16 minute mark of the third quarter, the scoreline was 16.2.98, with the margin 61 points.

The final term saw the Eagles held scoreless as the Tigers kicked four more goals to record a resounding victory.

Kevin Chitty continued his excellent form, particularly in the Community Rounds, where he has been best on ground twice, picking up the White Ribbon ball today.  Shaun Crane and Jace Cormack also amassed plenty of possessions, while for Collie Zac Pilatti was amongst Collie’s best.

MATCH CENTRE

South Bunbury  4.1.25  13.2.80  16.6.102  20.10.130
Collie Eagles  3.1.19  4.1.25  6.3.39  6.3.39

Goals:  South Bunbury – Ethan Nordahl 4, Jordan Strahan 4, Shaun Crane 2, Guy Piggott 2, Jace Cormack 2, Brayden Jones 2, Jak Watson 2, Bodhi Nordahl 1, Thomas Gorter 1.  Collie Eagles – Cameron Davidson 3, Jayce Fontana 1, Zac Pilatti 1, Jaxon Pitts 1.
Best:  South BunburyKevin Chitty, Shaun Crane, Jace Cormack, Ethan Nordahl.  Collie Eagles – Zac Pilatti, Cameron Davidson, Kayden Pola, Jack Davidson, Paul Rinder, Luke Abbott.
Ground:  Hands Memorial Oval
Umpires:  Vance Burton, Matthew Stewart
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  507

Kevin Chitty, the best player on the ground today in the Tigers big win. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop.

 

Hawks Back On Top Of The Ladder

It may be temporary, but the Augusta Margaret River Hawks are on top of the ladder after they easily accounted for Harvey Brunswick Leschenault on Saturday at Gloucester Park.

The 59 point winning margin could have been significantly more if not for some very inaccurate kicking, with the Hawks having 33 scoring shots to the Lions nine.

The Lions kept in touch with the home team in the first half, trailing by just 19 points against the reigning premiers, but 18 scoring shots to three in the second half put paid to the Lions hopes on an upset victory.

Simon Moore continued his good form of recent weeks with a best on ground performance, with Ben Taylor starring with six goals.  Jack Fletcher and Xavier Milner were amongst the best for the visitors who will need to re-group before facing Busselton in a fortnights time, with the Hawks to take on Donnybrook in the next round.

MATCH CENTRE

Augusta Margaret River  4.6.30  7.8.50  8.13.61  13.20.98
Harvey Brunswick Lesch  2.0.12  5.1.31  6.3.39  6.3.39

Goals:  Augusta Margaret River – Ben Taylor 6, Harry Taylor 2, Mitchell Gerrans 1, Beau Morgan 1, Steven Payne 1, Jake Rodgers 1, Banjo Watkins.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Xavier Milner 3, Blake Offer 1, Zac Piper 1, Tristan Ramshaw 1.
Best:  Augusta Margaret RiverSimon Moore, Ben Taylor, Jake Rodgers, Samuel Berridge, Jack McMahon, Jordan Veitch.   Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jack Fletcher, Xavier Milner, Jordan Baggetta, Ben Ablett, Jonathan Fenwick, Reid Kinninmont
Ground:  Gloucester Park
Umpires:  Aaron Andrews, Braden Surrall
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  459

Simon Moore again amongst the Hawks best.

Boomers Hang On In Saturday Thriller

Eaton Boomers and Donnybrook fought out a thrilling finish at Glen Huon Reserve on Saturday, in the opening match of round fourteen of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership Season before a very healthy crowd.

The Boomers hung on grimly in the final term which saw the football exclusively in the Donnybrook half of the field, but the Dons were not able to provide the knock out blow, despite chances, in the concluding stages.

Joel Houghton would kick the opening goal of the match, kicking truly from deep in the pocket at the four minute mark, with Tanner Allen kicking a goal a minute later to give the home team a dream start.   Jake Anderson took a great pack mark in the goal square to kick the Dons first, but Allen responded again, this time alone and unattended, he ran into an open goal to give the Boomers a 14 point lead.  Luke Dale and Luke Skehan would get the visitors back in the contest with two quick goals, but when Herman Humphries kicked a goal at the 25 minute mark the home team would lead by nine points at the first break.

Shane Cristaldi kicked accurately at the eight minute mark of the second quarter to narrow the gap again, but Karl Collard snapped a goal a minute later to extend the advantage.  It would be extended further when Jordan Falco converted a set shot, and when Travis Hodgkinson goaled at the 17 minute mark the margin would be twenty three points.  Both teams converted in red time, with the Boomers up by four goals at the main break.

Both teams went goal for goal in the third quarter with the Boomers leading by 19 points leading into the final quarter.

The Dons applied enormous pressure in the final term though their accurate kicking in the first three quarters deserted them, with several players missing opportunities to apply scoreboard pressure. When Shane Cristaldi kicked his third goal with a snap at the eleven minute mark, the margin was reduced to two goals.   The match then had a highlight – literally – as Zac Trigwell pulled down one of the marks of the year, which then led to a mark and goal from Jack Wheeler to make the margin five points.  The Dons missed a shot in time on to make the margin four points, with the last three minutes heart-stopping for both sets of fans, with the Boomers prevailing and keeping their season alive.

The Dons remain fifth on the ladder by only a game now, but both Eaton Boomers and Harvey Bulls have played one less match and have similar percentages.

The White Ribbon Player of the Match was Jordan Falco, while it was Eaton Boomers third consecutive win in the Peter Butcher Cup.

MATCH CENTRE

Eaton Boomers  4.3.27  8.6.54  10.7.67  10.8.68
Donnybrook  3.0.18  5.0.30  8.0.48  10.4.64

Goals:  Eaton Boomers – Tanner Allan 2, Karl Collard 2, Jordan Falco 1, Travis Hodgkinson 1, Joel Houghton 1, Herman Humphries 1, Brandon Jetta 1, Scott Tynan 1.   Donnybrook – Jake Anderson 3, Shane Cristaldi 3, Luke Dale 1, Sean Lynch 1, Jack Wheeler 1, Luke Skehan 1.
Best:  Eaton BoomersJordan Falco, Thomas Shanahan, Jayme Osiejak, Mitchell Kings, Tanner Allen, Gregory Humphries.  Donnybrook – Shane Cristaldi, Cody Miller, Sean Lynch, Luke Dale, Ben Howlett, Andrew Bondarczuk
Ground:  Glen Huon Reserve
Umpires:  Paul Davey, Cameron Edmonds, Michael Hearne
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  655

Jordan Falco was best on ground, being presented with the White Ribbon Ball.

Tigers To Host Eagles On Sunday

South Bunbury will host the Collie Eagles this Sunday at Hands Memorial Oval, with the top of the ladder Tigers to take on the bottom of the ladder Eagles, who have now lost seven games by 19 points or less.

In a remarkable run of close results, the Eagles continue to play good football but can’t manage a victory, and after losing to the Tigers in round three by 85 points, the young Collie team will be looking to have the margin much closer on Sunday.

The Tigers mauled the Magpies a week ago at Hands Oval, with winners all across the park, and they will be looking to win on Sunday to keep Augusta Margaret River away from top spot, with both teams having a similar percentage.

Jordan Strahan continues to kick goals up forward for the Tigers, while Cole Sawyer and Jay Crossman are in good form, and will be just two of a multitude of players the Eagles will need to keep quiet to have a chance of victory.

GAME TIMES:  Colts 10.15am, Reserves 12.10pm, League 2.10pm
COVERAGE:  Live Scoring on SWFL Facebook Page.

South Bunbury Captain, Kevin Chitty continues to play good football. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop.