Bulldogs Win First Ever Women’s Grand Final

Bunbury Bulldogs won a thrilling inaugural Women’s Grand Final on Sunday afternoon, before one of the biggest crowds for a Preliminary Final day in many years at JE Hands Memorial Oval.

After keeping the Bulls scoreless in the second semi-final, Bunbury were the over-whelming favourites, but it was evident early that this was never going to be a walk in the park.

Trisha Lake kicked the one and only goal in the first term, dominated by Bunbury, with play almost exclusively in their forward half.

The Bulls fought back in the second quarter, with Matilda Tinker taking a great mark in the goal square, which she converted, to make it a one point ball game at the main break.

In a tight third term neither team were able to convert, with hard tough football played, with Bunbury leading at the final change by three points.

Larissa Versaci laid a great tackle and was rewarded with a free kick, which then resulted in a 50m penatly being applied.  Versaci goaled, putting the Bulls in front at the six minute mark of the final term for the first time in the match.  The Bulldogs, for just the second time this season, found themselves behind on the scoreboard in the final term.

Play went from end to end in the final ten minutes, with both back-lines resolute in the concluding stages.  It would be Lilly Taylor who would take the biggest kick of her career though, kicking the winning goal with three minutes to play from 15 metres out, after being awarded a free kick.

It was a fitting finale to a great first season of the SWFL Women’s competition.

Match Centre

Bunbury   1.2.8  1.2.8  1.4.10  2.4.16
Harvey Bulls   0.0.0  1.1.7  1.1.7  2.1.13

Goals: Bunbury – T. Lake, L. Taylor. Harvey Bulls – M. Tinker, L. Versaci.
Best: Bunbury – K. Cowley, C. Allen, S. Proudfoot, L. Taylor, C. Zappia. Harvey Bulls – C. Bayliss, L. Versaci, M. Mullens, S. Atherton, F. Parker, D. English.
Apprentice & Traineeship Company Player of the Match: Karen Cowley (Bunbury)
Umpires: Kyle Pratt, Kelvyn Bastin
Reports: Nil
Ground: JE Hands Memorial Oval
Crowd: 2207