Busselton Are Premiers In Best Women’s Grand Final Ever

Busselton have won the 2022, Optus Women’s Grand Final after a thrilling one point win over Bunbury on Sunday afternoon at Hands Oval before more than 2000 fans.

The match was a contest from the very beginning, with long kicking, strong marks, some ferocious tackling, brilliant smothers in the dying stages and plenty of desperation in a grand stand finish to the match.

The opening term belongs to Bunbury who kicked the only two goals of the quarter, to lead by thirteen points at quarter time.  The second quarter belongs to Busselton who kicked three goals in quick succession to arrest the lead back.

Both teams kicked an early goal in the third quarter in what was becoming a high scoring match, but little did anyone know there would be no more.

In a brilliant final term which as played exclusively in the Bunbury forward half, the Bulldogs couldn’t land the knockout blow, kicking three behinds.  In a desperate final couple of minutes which had the crowd at full voice, every Bunbury attack was met with just as much desperate defence, with the ball in the goal square multiple times without the Bulldogs being able to clinch the sealer.

Katie-Jayne Grieve capped off a brilliant season, adding 10 best on ground performances in the Nola Marino Medal Count, with the Optus Medal for best player on the ground in the grand final.  Grieve was instrumental in the second quarter to get Busselton into a winning position.

MATCH CENTRE

Busselton  0.0.0  3.1.19  4.1.25  4.1.25
Bunbury  2.1.13  2.1.13  3.3.21  3.6.24

Goals:  Busselton – Ellie Merrett 2, Demi Liddle 1, Rennie Meadmore 1.  Bunbury – Ebony Bilcich 1, Georgia Mahony 1, Daisy Rigby 1.
Best:  Busselton –  Katie-Jayne Grieve, Maddy Obal, Ellie Merrett, Beth Beckett, Emma Borinelli, Demi Liddle.  Bunbury – Sarina Tassone, Ebony Bilcich, Daisy Rigby, Ruby Mahony, Indiana West, Kloe Bassett.
Ground:  Hands Oval
Umpires:  Khye Skoda, Nic Madaffari, John Strano
Optus Medal:  Katie-Jayne Grieve
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  2150

Busselton winners by a solitary point, winning their first flag. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands