Busselton have won the Solahart South West Reserves Qualifying Final, defeating Bunbury at VC Mitchell Park by 17 points, advancing to a semi final berth with South Bunbury.
Both teams squandered opportunities in the first quarter, with Busselton missing numerous set shots on goal. The first goal didn’t come until the 18 minute mark when Seve Toovey ran into an open goal. Bunbury would then reply with two late goals to Ashton Harvey and Jake Radford, as the Bulldogs took a two point buffer into quarter time.
The second quarter was much more free flowing, with both teams going goal for goal. Cameron Hay snapped an excellent goal from the pocket, before Josh Lee kicked his first for Busselton from a set shot. Hay returned serve, snapping another, as the Bulldogs maintained a two goal lead. Lee converted another, before Randall Hodgson finished the scoring with a great goal on the run from deep in the pocket as the Bulldogs held sway at half time in a close contest.
Scoring dried up in the third term with just the one goal to Busselton, who took a three point advantage into the final quarter.
The final quarter belonged to Busselton and more particularly Jaice Pardi who kicked three goals for the term, while Cameron Hay kicked two more goals for Bunbury in an excellent effort for the Bulldogs. Busselton were too strong though in the final stanza and dominated possession, winning by seventeen points and advancing to the second semi final against South Bunbury. Bunbury will play Augusta Margaret River in the first semi final.
Busselton 1.5.11 4.6.30 5.8.38 9.10.64
Bunbury 2.1.13 5.4.34 5.5.35 7.5.47
Goals: Busselton – Josh Lee 4, Jaice Pardi 4, Seve Toovey 1. Bunbury – Cameron Hay 4, Ashton Harvey 1, Randall Hodgson 1, Jake Radford 1,
Best: Bunbury – Jared Lines, Taj Cross, Cameron Hay, Ryan Babich, Jedd Brennan, Riley Stenhouse
Ground: VC Mitchell Park
Umpires: Kevin Hutchins, Khye Skoda, Matthew Stewart
Crowd: 700 approx