Carey Park Cause Big Upset In Opening Game

Carey Park have caused a big upset in the opening match of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership Season, when they won by three points in a thrilling finish against Bunbury on Saturday afternoon before a big crowd at Kelly Park.

The Panthers who were without their regular full back, half back and ruckman, all through injury were not expected by most pundits to win the match, but no-one told the players who held off the challenges on Bunbury in the final minutes.

Signs were ominous in the first ten minutes of the match for the home team, with goals to Dylan Heasman on the run and new recruit, Joel Houghton who converted from thirty metres out.  Bryce Fiorentino kicked truly from deep in the pocket midway through the opening term to reduce the margin, before Houghton kicked his second after the siren, to given the visitors a thirteen point lead at the first break.

Jack DiLallo kicked a great rovers goal early in the second quarter, and when Harley Sparks kicked a goal at the five minute mark, scores were level.  Houghton would put the Bulldogs back in front soon after, kicking his third, before Rory O’Brien converted from 45m out, to level the scores again.  The Panthers then took the upper-hand in the contest with late goals to Fiorentino and DiLallo, to give the home team an eleven point advantage at half time.

Matthew Martin kicked two goals in quick succession to start the third term, putting the Bulldogs back in front, but when Lachie Emmott snapped a goal, the Panthers took back the lead again, with the home team leading by a point at the final change.

Houghton kicked his fourth goal for his new club to start the fourth quarter, giving the lead back to the Bulldogs.  When Martin kicked his third goal, the Bulldogs lead was out to eleven points, but when Manasseh Milham and DiLallo converted, scores were level for the third time in the match.  Jethro Barraclough kicked a great goal to give the advantage back to the Bulldogs.  The Panthers narrowed the margin by way of behinds, before Kelvin Lawrence put the Panthers back in front, with the sixth lead change in the match.  Both teams in the final minutes had opportunities to seal victory, with Carey Park in the final minutes having a four on one advantage inside fifty, but were unable to pick the ball up to get a shot at goal.

The siren sounded to the roars of the Carey Park faithful, with the home team victorious by three points.

MATCH CENTRE

Carey Park  1.0.6  6.1.37  8.3.51  11.6.72
Bunbury  3.1.19  4.4.28  7.8.50  10.9.69

Goals:  Carey Park – Jack DiLallo 3, Rory O’Brien 2, Bryce Fiorentino 2, Lachlan Emmott 1, Kelvin Lawrence 1, Manasseh Milham 1, Harley Sparks 1.  Bunbury – Joel Houghton 4, Matthew Martin 3, Jethro Barraclough 1, Dylan Heasman 1, Peter Woods 1.
Best:  Carey ParkBill Brown, Reece Payne, Harley Sparks, Cooper Sparks, Bryce Fiorentino, Mitchell Russell.  Bunbury – Bradley Blake, Dylan Heasman, Denholm King, Jedd Brennan, Joel Houghton, Izaiha Humphries.
Ground:  Kelly Park
Umpires:  Damien O’Donoghue, Braden Surrall
Reports:  Team Melee – Second Quarter
Crowd:  859

Plenty of players were around the ball in a tough opening round contest