Bunbury Defeat Bulls After Big Scare

Bunbury may have got the four points, but not before getting a scare from the Harvey Bulls on Saturday evening at the Harvey Oval, in round three of the Dale Alcock Homes South West premiership season.

The Bulls in their previous two matches have failed to score a goal, but on Saturday evening the Bulls were irresistible in the opening quarter, kicking four goals before the Bulldogs got it inside the 50m arc.

Dylan Heasman played a very good game for the Bulldogs

Jordan Strahan had a brilliant opening term, kicking the opener after just two minutes.  A minute later Brendon Jones converted, to be followed by another from Strahan to have the Bulls 18 points in front after just five minutes, with all three goals coming from right in front of the goals.   The Bulldogs tried to wrestle back the ascendancy, which momentarily halted the scoring, before Strahan marked an goaled again.  Cooper Nitschke kicked the Bulldogs solitary goal for the quarter, only for Strahan to kick his fourth for the quarter.  In total Strahan had five marks inside 50m in the opening term in a brilliant display.

What ever Coach Troy Hollands said to his players at quarter time worked, as the Bulldogs kicked eight goals in the second term to take the lead.  The Bulldogs would kick three goals in six minutes to effectively erase the quarter time deficit.  Jett Woods received a free kick for a push right in front of goals, which put the Bulldogs in front.   A bullet like handball from Dylan Heasman to Joel Houghton, saw the full forward snap truly from 30m to put the 17 points in front.   Brandon Hill kicked a brilliant goal to stop the flow momentarily, before the Bulldogs kicked two more for the term to lead by 22 points.

After a half of frenetic goal scoring the second half was more sedate, with the Bulldogs controlling the play to win by 34 points.

Joel Houghton kicked four goals for the Bulldogs, with Trae Field and captain Denholm King played good games, while Camden McGillvray and Strahan were amongst the best for Harvey.

The win elevates Bunbury to third on the ladder, while despite playing their best football of the season, the Bulls sit last on the ladder.


Bunbury  1.1.7   9.6.60   12.8.80   14.10.94
Harvey Bulls 5.1.31   6.2.38   7.5.47   9.6.60

Goals:  Bunbury – Joel Houghton 4, Dylan Heasman 3, Cooper Nitschke 3, Ryan Babich 1, Liam Renton 1, Xavier Williamson 1, Jett Woods 1. Harvey Bulls – Jordan Strahan 5, Domenico Celisano 1, Brandon Hill 1, Brendon Jones 1, Aaron Jovanovic.
Best:  BunburyTrae Field, Denholm King, Dylan Heasman, Jackson Oliver, Jaymin King, Joel Houghton.  Harvey Bulls – Camden McGillivray, Jordan Strahan, Zakery Pretty, Braden Fimmano, Cooper Sparks, Aaron Jovanovic
Ground:  Harvey Oval
Umpires:  Damon Rossi, Cameron Valenti, Michael Hearne
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  554

Photos courtesy of Jon Gellweiler