Bunbury Win Grand Final Rematch

The second round of the Tronox Women’s competition saw a grand final rematch between Bunbury and Busselton, with Bunbury victorious by 31 points at Payne Park on Sunday.

In a high standard match in which eleven goals were kicked, it would be Bunbury who would jump out of the blocks, kicking three first quarter goals.   Busselton fought back in the second quarter keeping the Bulldogs goal-less, narrowing the margin to 12 points at the major break.   Bunbury kicked the only goal of the third term extending the margin to 19 points.  The final quarter of the match saw more goals kicked in a quarter than the other three combined, as the teams kicked six goals between them.    Daisy Rigby was a standout contributor, kicking five goals for the match, the only player to kick multiple goals in the match.  Kloe Bassett and Sarina Tassone also had plenty of the football in the 31 point win, while Samara Pluschke, Isabella Hancock and Dianna Evans were strong contributors for the Magpies.

Tajah Griffiths kicked an excellent goal on Sunday for the Bulls. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop.

For the second week in a row, Eaton have been defeated by three points, in another low scoring thriller.  In the opening round, Collie kicked a goal in the dying stages to snatch victory, while on Sunday, Dunsborough hung on kicking just one goal, after kicking seven the week before.  Sarah Lang kicked Dunsborough’s solitary goal in the third term, and the Sharks dominated possession, but Eaton restricted their scoring to remain in the match, despite not scoring themselves.  When Chloe Seaman goaled midway through the last quarter, the Boomers were back in the match, but the Sharks held on to start the season with two wins, while the Boomers have lost both by a combined total of six behinds.

The third match on Sunday saw Harvey Bulls travel to Kelly Park to play Carey Park.  The Panthers were witness to a slick Bulls outfit, who led by 16 points at quarter time, twenty eight points at half time and by 45 points at the final break. To the Panthers credit they at no stage gave up and Gabrielle House would convert in the final term, to the delight of the home crowd.  For the second week in a row, the Bulls have been inaccurate in front of goals, kicking 8.16.64 while in round one they kicked 6.9.45.    Trinity Brown has started in great form and was again amongst the best players for the Bulls, while Amber Strahan and Jade Briggs played well for the Panthers.

On Saturday, Harvey Brunswick Leschenault kept a young Collie Eagles team scoreless, but only won by 28 points, with the Lions very wasteful in front of goals, kicking 3.10.28 for the match.   Latisha Hough and Lauren Patane had plenty of the ball for the Lions, while Talieha Barnes and Keely Kickett played well for Collie.

Harvey Bulls remain on top of the Tronox ladder, while Dunsborough and Bunbury are still undefeated in the early stages.  Donnybrook will play their first match on Sunday when the battle South Bunbury.  Collie take on Carey Park on Saturday in what shapes as an even contest, while Harvey Bulls and Bunbury will battle it out on Saturday at Harvey in what promises to be a great match.  Sunday’s other fixture will see Dunsborough play Harvey Brunswick Leschenault in Dunsborough.

1 Harvey Bulls 2 8 1211.11 2 0 0 0 109 9 0 0 0
2 Dunsborough 2 8 421.43 2 0 0 0 59 14 0 0 0
3 Bunbury 1 4 247.62 1 0 0 1 52 21 0 0 0
4 Busselton 2 4 244.23 1 1 0 0 127 52 0 0 0
5 Harvey Brunswick Leschenault 2 4 66.67 1 1 0 0 30 45 0 0 0
6 Collie Eagles 2 4 34.21 1 1 0 0 13 38 0 0 0
7 Eaton 2 0 72.73 0 2 0 0 16 22 0 0 0
8 South Bunbury 1 0 16 0 1 0 1 8 50 0 0 0
9 Carey Park 2 0 4.12 0 2 0 0 7 170 0 0 0
10 Donnybrook 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Despite the margin, the Panthers never gave up in their match with the Bulls.