Donnybrook have defeated Dunsborough at VC Mitchell Park on Sunday afternoon, to consolidate second place on the premiership table in round thirteen of the SWFL.
The temperature reached 12.4 degrees at its peak, with a wind chill factor keeping in below ten as the two teams started the match in bright sunshine.
Dunsborough started the contest quickly and after just two minutes Nic Reid snapped the opening goal of the match. In a tough contest early, the crowd who braved the conditions were witnessed to heavy collisions in the opening exchanges, with Zac Trigwell kicking the Dons first at the eight minute mark. Todd Gregory goaled mid term as the arm wrestle continued, before Sam Bevan goaled as the first quarter entered time on. Adam Crisp kicked a late goal for the Sharks after receiving a push in the back, with the Dons leading by seven points at the first break.
The second quarter is where the match was won for the Dons, with the home team kicking six unanswered goals, with the Sharks frozen solid on their quarter time score. The rain started to fall, making conditions simply miserable, with the highlight of the quarter being Zac Trigwell taking two strong contested marks in wet conditions.
At half time, Daniel Wiseman was not impressed with the first half, and could easily be heard saying to his team – “We will NOT give up!”.
The third term saw veteran Cody Miller take one of the marks of the season, rising above the pack to take a huge pack mark in front of the Donnybrook faithful. That led to a goal to Sam Bevan who would go on to kick three for the match. A defensive error gifted Dunsborough their third goal, but that only reduced the margin to 45 points. The Dons would kick a further three goals in the third quarter, including one to Cooper Clarke-Dehring after the siren, with the rain tumbling down.
A rare highlight for the Sharks was a fantastic goal on the run deep in the pocket by Jake Green early in the last, but the Dons would go on to kick a further three goals to win convincingly by 66 points.
Clayton Giblett, Bradman May and Cody Miller all played well for the Dons, while Hunter Hall, Mack Candy and Nic Reid toiled away all day.
The Dons will now have the bye and a week off for the Nutrien Ag Carnival, with Dunsborough to face Busselton in Dunsborough next Sunday.
Donnybrook 3.1.19 9.5.59 12.8.80 15.10.100
Dunsborough 2.0.12 2.0.12 3.4.22 5.4.34
Goals: Donnybrook – Sam Bevan 3, Cooper Clarke-Dehring 3, Clayton Giblett 2, Zac Trigwell 2, Todd Gregory 1, Daniel Lloyd-Smith 1, Tyson McWilliam 1, Sam Perkusich 1, Scott Tuia 1. Dunsborough – Adam Crisp 2, Jake Green 1, Nicholas Reid 1, Chris White 1.
Best: Donnybrook – Clayton Giblett, Cody Miller, Trent Brown, Luke Dale, Bradman May, Zac Trigwell. Dunsborough – Hunter Hall, Jake Green, Nicolas Reid, Mack Candy, Daniel Atkinson, Paris Murdock.
Ground: VC Mitchell Park
Umpires: Braden Surrall, Cameron Valenti