Bunbury Win A Thriller

Bunbury have defeated Dunsborough in a thrilling finish at Payne Park on Sunday afternoon, winning the round eighteen contest by five points.

The match started with a somber moment, remembering Scott Hough who played 222 games for Bunbury and was a life member, losing his battle with illness overnight.

The Bulldogs got the best of the opening quarter leading by fourteen points, with Denholm King, and Dylan Heasman getting plenty of early possessions.  The margin extended to seventeen points at half time, with both teams kicking two goals each, but it was evident the Sharks were not going to go away and were going to make it difficult for the home team.

That proved to be the case with a brilliant third team by Dunsborough, which saw them lead at three quarter time by two points.

The final term was incredibly physical, and the Sharks were under enormous pressure, as the Bulldogs attacked relentlessly with the ball inside Bunbury’s forward 50m arc for almost fifteen minutes.  Suddenly a quick transference of play saw just two players inside fifty for the Sharks, and with one of the goals of the year, Nic Reid beat his opponent in a one one contest, and snapped truly to the delight of the Sharks fans, with the Sharks now eleven points in front.

Nic Reid kicked on of the goals of the year on Sunday.

Moments later that goal would be rivaled by Dylan Heasman who latched onto an errant defensive kick in the centre, evaded two players before kicking the teams eighth goal to reduce the margin to a point.  Mason Hawkes would put the Bulldogs in front with four minutes remaining, with a snap from close range under pressure, sending the Bulldogs faithful into raptures.

In a tense final few minutes, the Sharks tried valiantly to get the ball forward but were repelled several times, as the Bulldogs claimed a thrilling five point win.

Immediately after the match all of the Bunbury players and many supporters gathered on the wing to remember Scott Hough, prior to leaving the ground.

Bunbury 4.4.28  6.8.44  7.10.52  9.12.66
Dunsborough 2.2.14  4.3.27  8.6.54  9.7.61

Goals:  Bunbury – Scott Doncon 2, Dylan Heasman 2, Jethro Barraclough 1, Trae Field 1, Mason Hawkes 1, Joel Houghton 1, Matthew Martin 1.  Dunsborough – Matthew Burgess 2, Nic Reid 2, Chris White 2, Jake Green 1, Max Paterson 1, Shayne Zanetti 1.
Best:  BunburyDenholm King, Jaymin King, Dylan Heasman, Hamish Hall, Bradley Blake, Scott Doncon.  Dunsborough – Max Paterson, Simon Poole, Jake Green, Ben Scott, Mack Candy, Sam Goldstone.
Ground:  PC Payne Park
Umpires:  Matthew Stewart, Braden Surrall
Reports: Nil
Crowd: 622

Photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop