Boomers Break The Ice In The Dark

Eaton have won a thrilling round six match in the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership season, when they outlasted Harvey Brunswick Leschenault at the Brunswick Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon.

On a very windy and gloomy day and for the most part dry, the match came to a thrilling conclusion almost in the dark, with Eaton holding on to win by two points, and in doing so, winning their first match of the season.

The match started in typical fashion with Jarrod Humphries kicking the opening goal, with both teams struggling to kick accurately with the strong wind going directly across the ground.

When Luke Bennett kicked a goal from deep in the pocket, followed by a goal to Sean Arrowsmith after a defensive error on the goal line, the Lions led by 23 points early in the second quarter.  Bradley Gaylard kicked a long range goal at the nine minute mark to narrow the margin, but Humphries would kick a late goal to see the Lions lead by 20 points at half time.

A pair of 23s. Paul Rinder (Eaton) and Jack Fletcher reach for the ball.

Eaton owned the third quarter, with the ball spending the majority of the quarter inside 50, with Scott Tynan kicking the Boomers third goal from close range, which was immediately negated by Jarrod Humphries who kicked his third goal of the match.  Brent Piercey would then kick truly for Eaton after receiving a free kick, and two minutes later Karl Collard converted from 40 metres, as light rain started to fall.  Scott Tynan would snap a goal from 30 metres out putting the Boomers in front for the first time in the match.

The Boomers one point lead at three quarter time lasted four minutes as Seann Arrowsmith put the Lions back in front, but the Boomers replied immediately to regain the lead.  In a pulsating final quarter, the gloomy conditions added to the drama.   A shot on goal by the Lions saw Rex Kennedy in a desperate attempt to touch the ball, wrap himself around the goal post, which some how withstood the heavy impact, as Kennedy eventually got to his feet, and as it turned out the shot missed, levelling the scores.  When Tynan kicked his third goal at the 24 minute mark, seemingly giving the Boomers the win as the margin became seven points, the Lions came again with Zac Piper goaling in the fading light, reducing the margin to two points.

The ball would make its way to the wing, when the siren sounded as the Boomers fans rejoiced.

The Boomers now have moved off the bottom of the ladder courtesy of the win, however they have the worst percentage of all teams.  The Lions have dropped to tenth, and Collie have now moved to the bottom of the ladder.

Match Centre

Eaton  1.3.9  2.6.18  6.10.46  8.13.61
Harv Bruns Lesch  2.7.19  5.8.38  6.9.45  8.11.59

Goals:  Eaton – Scott Tynan 3, Karl Collard 1, Bradley Gaylard 1, Jackson Hill 1, Herman Humphries 1, Brent Piercey 1.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jarrod Humphries 3, Seann Arrowsmith 2, Luke Bennett 2, Zachariah Piper 1.
Best:  EatonJames Chadwick, Gregory Humphries, Benjamin Rioli, Jackson Hill, Cade Bolton, Rex Kennedy.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Ben Ablett, Jonathan Fenwick, Seann Arrowsmith, Luke Bennett, Ty Armitage, Jarrod Humphries
Ground:  Brunswick Showgrounds
Umpires:  Kevin Hutchins, Vance Burton
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  638