Busselton Win, Dunsborough Put Up One Hell Of A Fight

The new kids on the block, the Dunsborough Sharks showed today at Bovell Park, they won’t be push overs in their inaugural year, when they took on Busselton on Sunday afternoon in the final game of round three of the SWFL season.

Busselton who are the current benchmark of the competition, sitting atop of the ladder, had previously beaten Augusta Margaret River and Eaton, but Dunsborough, coming off their own 100 point defeat in their maiden game, played some excellent football, taking it right up to the Magpies before the largest crowd of the season, on a warm afternoon in Busselton.

After five minutes of end to end football Busselton struck the first two blows with Mitch Tenardi and Liam Creighton both kicking goals from almost identical positions, deep in the left forward pocket.  The score blew out further, as Busselton seemingly had control, before Dunsborough started to get possessions and soon the goals followed.

The home team led by 17 points at the first break and 26 points at half time, and extended the margin to 34 points at final change, and it was then questioned whether Dunsborough would run out of legs and be totally over-run in the final term, as per their opening encounter against Donnybrook.

The answer would be no, as the Sharks outscored Busselton in the final term, getting within three goals in the final quarter.  Despite the 27 point loss, the positives for the new team were enormous, who played some exciting football.

Busselton though, again showed they would be hard to beat this year, and always seemed to have the game in control, with Jackson Arbon, Mitch Fraser, Mitch Tenardi and Damian Lee amongst the best yet again.  Nic Reid played a great game for the Sharks, which included four goals.

Busselton will now play Donnybrook on Saturday afternoon at VC Mitchell Park, with both teams playing great football and both are undefeated.  The Sharks will travel to Hands Oval for a clash with South Bunbury on Sunday.


Busselton  4.6.30  9.7.61  12.10.82  14.11.95
Dunsborough  2.1.13  5.5.35  7.6.48  10.8.68

Goals:  Busselton – Beau Chinnery 4, Liam Creighton 3, Mitchell Tenardi 2, Jaxon East 1, Mitchell Howlett 1, Tom Kusal 1, Damian Lee 1, Thomas Vellios 1.  Dunsborough – Nicolas Reid 4, Cameron Dean 2, Chris White 2, Jack Byrne 1, Shayne Zanetti 1.
Best:  BusseltonJackson Arbon, Mitchell Fraser, Mitchell Tenardi, Damian Lee, Liam Creighton, Thomas Vellios.  Dunsborough – Nicolas Reid, Cameron Dean, Chris White, Jack Byrne, Pat McGinnity, Cal Foster.
Ground:  Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Umpires:  Aaron Andrews, Braden Surrall
Reports: Nil
Crowd:  936

Liam Creighton under pressure as three Sharks circle. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands