Busselton did what they needed to do on Saturday afternoon, and that was beat the Lions in their round fifteen clash at Brunswick Oval, which keeps the pressure well and truly on Bunbury in the battle for third place on the ladder.
The Magpies steadily increased their lead over the four quarters, but to the Lions credit they certainly didn’t make it easy for the visitors.
Busselton started slowly, leading by seven points at the first break, but kept the home team scoreless in the second quarter to lead by 23 points at half time.
Harvey Brunswick Leschenault started to get back into the match in the third quarter with two quick goals but Busselton were able to kick away again, leading by 30 at the final change. The Magpies played their best football in the last, kicking five goals to eventually win by 47 points.
Mitchell Fraser played a great game and was best on ground, while Mitchell Howlett kicked three goals for the winners. Reid Kinninmont continued his good form being amongst the best for the Lions along with Ben Ablett and Jack Fletcher.
Busselton courtesy of the win have moved into third place, but have an inferior percentage to Bunbury, and should the Bulldogs down the Bulls on Sunday, they will move back to third place on the ladder.
The Lions faint hopes of making the finals now appear to be over, and they along with Carey Park who were beaten by Collie Eagles will now fight for eighth place on the ladder, with just a narrow percentage margin separating the two clubs.
Busselton 2.1.13 4.5.29 7.8.50 12.8.80
Harv Bruns Lesch 1.0.6 1.0.6 3.2.20 5.3.33
Goals: Busselton – Mitchell Howlett 3, Beau Chinnery 2, Liam Creighton 2, Dylan Patterson 2, Brandon Hooton-Eyden 1, Jed Kemp 1, Mitch Tenardi 1. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jonathan Fenwick 1, Jai Moll 1, Joshua O’Day 1, Blake Offer 1, Taj Timewell 1.
Best: Busselton – Mitchell Fraser, Jason Fish, Mitchell Tenardi, Damian Lee, Jon Meadmore, Bailey Sanford. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Reid Kinninmont, Jack Fletcher, Ben Ablett, Blake Offer, Matthew Fenwick, Jaxon Cuxson.
Ground: Brunswick Oval
Umpires: Cameron Edmonds, Mike Hearne, Henry King