It wasn’t pretty stretch of the imagination, but Harvey Bulls have got the valuable four points against Dunsborough on Sunday afternoon at the Harvey Oval, in the round nine fixture of the SWFL.
Amazingly Harvey never scored a goal after half time, and were able to hold off the relentless challenge from Dunsborough in the final term to win by 12 points.
There was plenty of hype about the potential of Brad Holmes kicking his 1000th career goal and the fans only had to wait two minutes for his 999th, as he opened the scoring with a snap from the boundary at the Northern end. The Bulls started in a blaze of glory kicking three goals in five minutes before the Sharks really had a telling possession. Michael Humble snapped a goal just prior to the quarter time break, to give the Bulls five goals for the quarter and a four goal lead.
Mack Candy kicked a great long range goal to start the second quarter, before Chris White took a strong one on one mark in the goal square, getting the Sharks within ten points. Brad Holmes then kicked his 1000th career goal at the nine minute mark of the second quarter to much fanfare, opposed to his third goal two minutes later, which brought up his 150th career goal for the Bulls. As the second quarter entered time on, Holmes kicked his third for the term, and the Bulls would go to half time leading by a game high 28 points.
The Bulls then went the entire second half without kicking a goal, as the Sharks clawed their way back into the contest, narrowing the margin to seventeen points at three quarter time.
Dunsborough will rue missed opportunities in the final term, dropping two relatively easy marks in front of goal, along with missing two set shots from close range. The Sharks did all of the attacking in the final term, but just couldn’t get the goal they needed to get within a kick.
Dean Miller played well for the Bulls off half back, along with Holmes, while Max Paterson, Jeremy Rolfe and Simon Poole played well for the Sharks.
The win keeps the Bulls within striking distance of the five, with the Harvey team, still decimated by injuries. The Sharks too are far from full strength and will next face Augusta Margaret River at home next Sunday.
Harvey Bulls 5.2.32 9.2.56 9.4.58 9.8.62
Dunsborough 1.2.8 4.4.28 6.5.41 7.8.50
Goals: Harvey Bulls – Brad Holmes 4, Andrew Haydon 1, Michael Humble 1, Jacob Pickett 1, Tyson Powell 1, Jordan Rakowski 1. Dunsborough – Jake Green 2, Shayne Zanetti 2, Mack Candy 1, Daniel Martins 1, Chris White 1.
Best: Harvey Bulls – Dean Miller, Brad Holmes, Dylan Marino, Lloyd Beever, Andrew Haydon. Dunsborough – Max Paterson, Jeremy Rolfe, Simon Poole, Hunter Hall, Daniel Atkinson, Cal Foster.
Ground: Harvey Oval
Umpires: Scott Jones, Henry King