Bunbury Move Into The Five

Bunbury have moved into the top five at the expense of Augusta Margaret River, after defeating the Hawks by 16 points at Payne Park on Sunday afternoon.

Bunbury started well leading by 19 points at the first break, and effectively Augusta Margaret River were forced to chase for the rest of the afternoon.

The margin extended to 27 points at half time before the Hawks rallied in the third term, reducing the margin to ten points at the final break, with the visitors having plenty of momentum.

Bunbury didn’t panic though and a couple of early goals restored the status quo, and eventually ran out winners by 16 points.

Matt Martin kicked four goals – and is closing in on 600 career goals in the SWFL.

Matt Martin and Joel Houghton were again focal points up forward for the Bulldogs kicking seven goals between them, with talented youngster Peter Woods also kicking three goals.    Denholm King and Jesse Gribble again played great games for the home team, while Simon Moore again had plenty of possessions for the Hawks.

Bunbury will now take plenty of positivity into their big clash with arch rivals South Bunbury, in the WA Day Derby at Hands Oval on Sunday, while the Hawks will commence their own rivalry with neighbours, Dunsborough, also on Sunday.

Bunbury  4.2.26  10.3.63  12.5.77  15.6.96
Aug Marg River  1.1.7  5.6.36  10.7.67  12.8.80

Goals:  Bunbury – Matt Martin 4, Joel Houghton 3, Peter Woods 3, Brandon Gregory 2, Denholm King 1, Jesse Kirwen 1, Cameron Lamonaca.  Augusta Margaret River – Blake DelFante 2, Jack McMahon 2, Matthew Bannister 1, Zac Dronow 1, Sam Graham 1, Jacob Payne 1, Mitchell Payne 1, Mitchell Pidgeon 1, Matt Vardanega 1, Banjo Watkins 1.
Best:  BunburyDenholm King, Jesse Gribble, Trae Field, Peter Woods, Jacob Wintle, Jesse Kirwen.  Augusta Margaret River – Simon Moore, Matt Vardanega, Steven Payne, Jacob Payne, Zac Dronow, Sam Graham.
Ground:  PC Payne Park
Umpires:  Cameron Valenti, Matt Stewart, Braden Surrall
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  582

Denholm King kicks inside 50. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop.