Busselton Start Title Defence Best Way Possible

Busselton started their premiership defence in the best way possible, with a thirty three point win over last years runners-up, Carey Park, at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Saturday evening in the Grand Final rematch, the opening match of the 2024, Dale Alcock Homes South West Season.

Before a big crowd, Busselton jumped the Panthers in the opening term, kicking three goals and keeping the visitors to a solitary behind.

Mitch Ternardi was causing plenty of headaches in the forward line, as the Magpies, essentially put the match out of reach in the second term, kicking four goals to one, to lead by 40 points at the main break.

Carey Park would win the second half, kicking seven goals to six, including five in the final term, but the margin was always going to big to peg back.

Jozef Parkinson and Tenardi were amongst the best for the victors while Bill Brown and captain, Jaxon Bell Carey Parks most consistent players.

Busselton looked impressive, with plenty of run and precision passing, which will put them in good stead when they play Bunbury next Sunday afternoon at PC Payne Park.   Meanwhile, Carey Park will play at home on Sunday against Harvey Bulls who were beaten in this evenings other match by over 100 points.

Match Centre

Busselton  3.4.22  7.7.49  9.8.62  13.8.86
Carey Park  0.1.1  1.3.9  3.5.23  8.5.53

Goals:  Busselton – Mitch Tenardi 3, Brodie Howell 2, Beau Chinnery 1, Liam Creighton 1, Kobi Howell 1, Damian Lee 1, Jon Meadmore 1, Dylan Patterson 1.   Carey Park – Brian Hughes 3, Rory O’Brien 2, Connor Gadecki 1, Luke Hutchinson 1, Kelvin Lawrence 1.
Best:  Busselton – Jozef Parkinson, Mitchell Tenardi, Jack Kennedy, Ben Ganzer, Damian Lee, Jed Kemp.  Carey Park – Bill Brown, Jaxon Bell, Reece Payne, Kelvin Lawrence, Cameron Baker, Brian Hughes.
Ground:  Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Umpires:  Kevin Hutchins, Braden Surrall, Cameron Valenti
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  792

Rory O’Brien about to take possession of the ball with Liam Creighton ready to pounce. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands