Bulldogs Win Derby Thriller

Bunbury  won the he Dale Alcock Homes South West, WA Day Derby at Payne Park on Sunday in a thriller, which had the big crowd hanging on every move in the dying stages, as the ball refused to leave the forward 50m of South Bunbury in the last two minutes of the match.

Getting a clear possession was nearly impossible, and when a kick did present itself it would be smothered, leading to six ball ups in the final frantic two minutes of a Derby classic, with the winning margin of one point the closest since the two teams have met on this day.

Even after the final siren, both teams kept an eagle eye on the two goal umpires, who converged quickly indicating a potential scoreboard issue, but after deliberation the 11.10.76 – 11.9.75 scoreline was confirmed.

The match was close from the outset, with both teams having periods of dominance, with the Bulldogs holding a seven point advantage at quarter time.  The Tigers fought back in the second period, leading by six points at half time after kicking four goals to two.   A point separated both teams at three quarter time, and still at full time.  Both teams had opportunities to put the game beyond doubt, with both teams missing shots in the concluding stages.

Tyson Wood, Jesse Gribble and Jethro Barraclough all played well for Bunbury while Craig Hutcheson and Coles Sawyer did likewise for the Tigers.  Jordan Strahan continued his great form kick four goals for South Bunbury and extending his leading in the Tronox Goal Kicking race to ten over Brad Holmes.

South Bunbury’s league team will have the weekend off while they host Dunsborough in the Colts, Reserves and Women’s matches, with Bunbury traveling to Gloucester Park to take on Augusta Margaret River who will be fresh after having the bye in round ten.

MATCH CENTRE

Bunbury   4.2.26  6.5.41  8.7.55  11.10.76
South Bunbury  3.1.19  7.5.47  8.6.54  11.9.75

Goals:  Bunbury – Jayen Farrant 3, Scott Doncon 2, Jesse Gribble 2, Patrick Farrant 1, Hayden Gregory 1, Jesse Kirwen 1, Mark Longbottom 1.  South Bunbury – Jordan Strahan 4, Guy Piggott 2, Ethan Nordahl 2, Jesse Crichton 2, Jace Cormack 1.
Best:  BunburyTyson Wood, Jesse Gribble, Jethro Barraclough, Jayen Farrant, Travis Justins, Patrick Farrant.  South BunburyCraig Hutcheson, Cole Sawyer, Guy Piggott, Bodhi Nordahl, Blake Piggott, Jay Wright.
Ground:  PC Payne Park
Umpires:  Aaron Andrews, Damien O’Donoghue, Cameron Valenti
Reports: Nil
Crowd:  1171

Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop