Bunbury Too Good For The Lions

Bunbury moved one step closer to defending their Premiership, when they accounted for Harvey Brunswick Leschenault on Sunday afternoon, in the League Second Semi Final.

The Lions kicked the opening goal of the match, possibly the quickest to be kicked at the commencement of a match for the entire season, with just 16 seconds elapsing before the goal was registered.  After a bruising first quarter which would have scores level, Bunbury would start to dominate more of the ball, to take an eight point advantage to the main break.

The Premiership Quarter, would prove the difference with the Bulldogs kicking six third quarter goals, highlighted by a Jesse Gribble goal, running away from the goals, which floated across the goals before dropping on the goal line, and narrowly missing the far goal post.

Denholm King and Gribble both got plenty of the Football, while Jonathon Fenwick, Tom Kelly and Brendan Tingey played well for the Lions.  To their credit, the Lions never gave up, keeping the three quarter time margin of 25 points the same at match end.

The big crowd on hand saw some precision ball work from the Bulldogs who will travel to Margaret River to take on Augusta Margaret River on Saturday in the Second Semi Final.  It will be the first time the two teams have met in a Second Semi Final, while HBL will take on the rampant Busselton on Sunday in the First Semi Final, with the teams having met just once in a First Semi Final in 2011, with the Lions successful by three goals.

MATCH CENTRE

Bunbury  2.3-15  5.6-36  11.8-74  14.10-94
Harvey Brunswick Leschenault  2.3-15  4.4-28  7.7-49  10.9-69

Goals:  Bunbury – Jesse Gribble 3, Denholm King 3, Patrick Farrant 3, Cameron Hay 2, Hamish Hall 2, Blake La Rosa.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Blake Offer 3, Jarrod Humphries 2, Ty Anderson, Brendan Tingey, Xavier Milner, Cameron Thomson, Ty Armitage.
Best: Bunbury – Denholm King, Jesse Gribble, Jesse Kirwen, Harry Creasey, Jake Symington, Jaymin King.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jonathon Fenwick, Tom Kelly, Brendan. Tingey, Jack Quinn, Blake Offer, Dylan Chatley.
Ground:  PC Payne Park
Umpires: Greg Rolfe, Scott Jones, Vance Burton
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 1384