Bunbury Are Women’s Premiers

Bunbury have won their third Women’s Premiership in the SWFL, when they took out a thrilling Optus Grand Final on Sunday afternoon at Kelly Park, before a record crowd.

The two teams battled out a thriller in last years decider, and the two teams did so again on Sunday, where it would be safe to say, “who would have through the sequel would be as good as the original”.

The defending Premiers got off to a great start, kicking the opening two goals of the match through Katie-Jayne Grieve and Havana Milner.

The Bulldogs fought back in the second term with two goals of their own, with Mary Burke and Nakia Jilley kicking truly, putting the Bulldogs four points in front at half time.

The third term was a tough, uncompromising contest, with some very heavy tackles and end to end play, which eventually saw Busselton Coach, Rennie Meadmore goal, putting the Magpies back in front.

Last years Grand Final was decided by a point and for a good portion of the final term it remained that way.  A behind saw scores level and it was looking destined to go to extra time.  Daisy Rigby sent the Bunbury fans into raptures when she goaled, putting the Bulldogs a goal in front with four minutes remaining.  Busselton weren’t done with and attacked relentlessly in final minutes, with the ball ten metres out from the Busselton goal when the siren sounded.

It was an epic contest, where neither team deserved to lose, with both teams having many players who played great games, but the Optus Medal went the way of Ruby Mahony who was adjudged best on ground.

Bunbury  0.2.2  2.5.17  2.6.18  3.7.25
Busselton 2.1.13  2.1.13  3.1.19  3.1.19

Goals:  Bunbury – Mary Burke 1, Nakia Jilley 1, Daisy Rigby 1.  Busselton – Katie-Jayne Grieve 1, Rennie Meadmore 1, Havana Milner 1.
Best:  BunburyRuby Mahony, Kloe Bassett, Libby Klopper, Abby Gellard, Indiana West, Michelle Oliver.   Busselton – Katie-Jayne Grieve, Dianna Evans, Sabella Banks, Shannon Pross, Maddy Obal, Emma Borinelli.
Ground:  Kelly Park
Umpires:  Michael Hearne, Riley Hearne, Khye Skoda
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 2264 (Record)
Optus Medal:  Ruby Mahony (Bunbury)

Katie-Jayne Grieve was one of the best players on the ground, in a thrilling grand final. Photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop