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.