Bunbury Gets The Points In Collie

Bunbury may have got the points in Collie on Saturday afternoon, but it was far from easy, as the Collie Eagles took it right up to the Bulldogs in very heavy going at the Collie Recreation Ground.

Continual rain (12mm) fell on the ground making the ground very wet and heavy, which saw a very unusual scoreline.

It took nine minutes for the first score and the only goal of the first quarter, came courtesy of a 50m penalty on the quarter time siren to Kayden Pola, putting the home team up by seven points at the first break, as the Bulldogs were kept scoreless.

The Bulldogs put things right in the second quarter, with Randall Hodgson snapping truly in the opening minute to narrow the margin to a point.  With the ball spending plenty of time on the ground, scoring was at a premium, with a great individual effort by Matt Blackford who single handedly saved a certain goal to Bunbury late in the quarter, which kept the home team in front at half time, with both teams having kicked just one goal a piece.

Bunbury took the lead in the third quarter, courtesy of a plethora of behinds, before Kayden Pola received another 50m penalty, putting the Eagles back in front.  When Jayce Fontana goaled soon after, the home team were up by two goals, but Bunbury fought back, and when Dylan Heasman kicked an opportunistic goal, the Bulldogs were back in front by two points at three quarter time.

The final quarter, unbelievably the sun came out for a period of time, and Bunbury dominated keeping the home team scoreless, with Jett Rigby putting the game out of reach at the eight minute mark of the final term.

Scott Doncon played a good game and was presented with the game ball, while Dylan Heasman and Jethro Barraclough both got plenty of the ball.   Kayden Pola not only kicked two goals, but was the Eagles best player, with Luke Abbott and Trent Tanner also playing well.

MATCH CENTRE

Bunbury  0.0.0  1.1.7  3.6.24  5.12.42
Collie Eagles  1.1.7  1.3.9  3.4.22  3.4.22

Goals:  Bunbury – Dylan Heasman 2, Cameron Hay 1, Randall Hodgson 1, Jett Rigby 1.  Collie Eagles – Kayden Pola 2, Jayce Fontana 1.
Best: BunburyDylan Heasman, Jethro Barraclough, Scott Doncon, Jesse Kirwen, Jacob Wintle, Beau Luzi.  Collie Eagles – Kayden Pola, Luke Abbott, Trent Tanner, Adam Bignell, Harry Massara, Jakob Pilatti.
Ground:  Collie Recreation Ground
Umpires:  Paul Davey, Michael Hearne, Damien O’Donoghue
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  473

Scott Doncon certainly got down and dirty in Collie on Saturday afternoon, presented with the Think Mental Health football from Field Umpire Paul Davey.