Big Test For Panthers Against High Flying Busselton

Busselton sit on top of the SWFL premiership ladder, two games clear of second placed Donnybrook, and are yet to defeated in the 2023, Dale Alcock Homes South West Premiership Season, and on Saturday evening they come up against Carey Park who currently sit third.

The Panthers have surprised almost everybody, with five wins from seven matches, winning three of those by a goal or less, including last Sunday’s thriller against Dunsborough by six points.

Meanwhile, Busselton kicked six last quarter goals against South Bunbury last Saturday evening to record a 32 point win to keep their unbeaten record in tact.

Busselton have been unstoppable this season, with Bunbury coming the closest to defeating the Magpies, going down by eleven points.  The Magpies have a potent forward line, with Liam Creighton (21 goals), Beau Chinnery (15), Jaxon East (14) and Mitch Howlett (13), all reliable goal kickers ensuring the black and whites have the highest scoring team in the competition.   Damian Lee (pictured below), Zac Pethyrbridge, Ethan Bowman, Jackson Arbon, Jon Meadmore and Kester Decke rarely play a bad game, which is sure to give the Panthers plenty of headaches.

Carey Park found a way to win against a highly competitive Dunsborough last Sunday afternoon, but they will need to step up a gear or two to stay with Busselton, who have swept all before them.    Rory O’Brien, Bill Brown and Kelvin Lawrence will be key players for the visitors, while Busselton will need to pay plenty of attention to Harley Sparks who has been in brilliant form this season.

Carey Park don’t have the firepower up forward that Busselton possess, but Jack DiLallo, Rory O’Brien and Brady Lenaghan have been consistent goal scorers this season, and are sure to provide the Busselton defence with some headaches.

The match at Sir Stewart Bovell Park commences at 4.40pm and is part of Belt Up Round.

Match Times:
Colts 11.20am, Reserves 1.15pm, Women’s 3.10pm, League 4.40pm
Coverage:  Quarterly Scores on SWFL Facebook Page

Damian Lee has been in good form for the Magpies. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands