Dons End Bulls Finals Hopes

Donnybrook have defeated Harvey Bulls at the Harvey Oval on Sunday afternoon, in round seventeen of the SWFL Premiership Season, and in the process, have all but ended the Bulls finals hopes.

Kai Luzi got the Dons off to the best possible start, kicking the opening goal, just four minutes into the contest.  Moments later Tyson McWilliam converted a set shot to give the visitors the best possible start.

Matthew Bennell was on the end of a chain of handballs to snap the opening goal for the Bulls and when Jacob Pickett snapped truly from 40m out scores were level, with less than ten minutes played.  The Bulls momentarily hit the front, before Jeff Smith took a good mark in the pocket putting the Dons back in front.  With five goals in the opening ten minutes, it looked like being a high scoring shoot out, despite the fact that there was plenty of players around every contest.

Todd Gregory took a massive pack mark midway through the quarter, which had plenty of highlights, with the Dons leading by eleven points at quarter time.

Ben Frazer kicked an early goal for the Dons in the second quarter, before Smith and Ben Howlett goaled, and in no time the margin had ballooned out to a 29 point lead.  Brad Holmes took a strong one on one mark to narrow the margin as the midfielders started to dominate, with Sam Lewis and Lloyd Beever getting plenty of possessions for the Bulls, while Mitch Howlett and Chris Atthowe were also in the thick of the action.   After the Holmes goal, both teams missed several shots,  with the Bulls missing a couple of golden opportunities to eat into the Dons lead.

With the Dons leading by 26 points, the Bulls needed a fast start and they got it through Holmes to took a spectacular mark and duly converted.  The Bulls dominated the quarter, keeping he Dons goal-less, however the Bulls only scored one goal for the quarter to reduce the deficit to twenty points,

The last quarter was controlled by the Dons, and when Scott Tuia goaled at the fifteen minute mark, the victory was secured, eventually winning by 29 points.

The Bulls loss now has them 10 points behind fifth placed Bunbury, a gap most likely to big to make up.  Meanwhile Donnybrook will play Carey Park at Kelly Park in Round 18, with the winner to take outright second place on the ladder.

Donnybrook  5.1.31  9.2.56  9.4.58  13.6.84
Harvey Bulls  3.2.20  4.6.30  5.8.38  7.13.55

Goals:  Donnybrook – Jeff Smith 5, Tyson McWilliam 2, Zac Trigwell 2, Ben Frazer 1, Ben Howlett 1, Kai Luzi 1, Scott Tuia 1.   Harvey Bulls – Matthew Bennell 2, Brad Holmes 2, Harley Bennell 1, Jacob Pickett 1.
Best:  DonnybrookJeffrey Smith, Chris Atthowe, Ben Howlett, Scott Tuia, Nathan McCosker, Harley Corbett.  Harvey Bulls – Samuel Lewis, Dylan Marino, Paul Bower, Rhys Anzellino, Lloyd Beever, Cooper Osborne.
Ground:  Harvey Oval
Umpires:  Scott Jones, Damien O’Donoghue
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  529

There were plenty of players around the ball for most of the match at Harvey Oval.