Busselton Home In A Thriller

It has taken until round eight of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership Season to get a 1 point result, when Busselton hung on to defeat the Collie Eagles in a thriller at the Collie Recreation Ground on Sunday.

The match literally had everything, with play suspended at the 23 minute mark of the first quarter for a massive thunderstorm which hit the venue, halting play for 12 minutes.  At the time scores were locked at 14 points a piece, with no more than 11 points separating the two teams for the entire match.

With scores even at quarter time, Busselton led by six points at half time, five points at three quarter time, and held a one point lead at the eleven minute mark of the final term, when Collie kicked the only goal of the final quarter.  There would be no further score on a soaked Collie Recreation Ground, in what ended up being a dour struggle to score in the second half of the final quarter, of which neither team did.

Neither team deserved to lose, and again despite being win-less, the Collie Eagles showed they are much better that their ladder position shows.    Beau Chinnery (Busselton) and Shaquille McKenzie (Collie Eagles), were the only two players to kick two goals in a low scoring slog, with Mitch Tenardi continuing his good form being adjudged best player on the ground.

Busselton will look forward to a Club Bye while Collie will also have the League fixture to recover as their Colts and Reserve teams travel to Dunsborough on Sunday.

MATCH CENTRE

Busselton  2.2.14   5.3.33   6.4.40  6.6 (42)
Collie Eagles  2.2.14  4.3.27   5.5.35  6.5 (41)

Goals:  Busselton – Beau Chinnery 2, Jed Kemp 2, Bailey Sanford 1, Liam Creighton 1.  Collie Eagles – Shaquille Mckenzie 2, Ryan Brown 1, Luke Abbott 1, Jaxon Pitts 1, Javan Mckenzie 1.
Best: Busselton – Mitch Tenardi, Mitchell Fraser, Jake Dugan, Damian Lee, Dylan Patterson, Jed Kemp.  Collie Eagles – Paul Rinder, Cameron Davidson, Reece Kelly, Shaquille Mckenzie, Jak Mounsey, Trent Tanner.
Ground:  Collie Recreation Ground
Umpires:  Daniel Ebert, Cameron Edmonds, Paul Davey
Reports: Nil
Crowd:  376

Mitchell Tenardi flanked by Field Umpires Paul Davey, Cameron Edmonds and Daniel Ebert, after being presented with the Belt Up Ball. Photo courtesy of Faye Golding