Donnybrook have maintained second place on the Dale Alcock Homes SW, Premiership ladder, after a hard fought and at times spiteful match with Bunbury at PC Payne Park on Sunday.
In front of just under 900 fans, Bunbury started the better of the two teams, albeit in a low scoring opening term. It took 13 minutes for the opening goal through Matt Martin. At the following ball up, Jacob Kendle was sent from the ground for allegedly striking Bunbury’s Harry Creasey, which raised the intensity level a few notches. Creasey goaled from the ensuing 50 metre penalty to give the Bulldogs a 13 point lead. Jeff Smith snapped a goal late in the quarter to keep the Dons in touch at quarter time.
In a fifteen minute burst in the second quarter, Jeff Smith and Sam Bevan kicked numerous goals to break the game open, as the Dons went to half time with a twenty eight point advantage.
Tempers were still boiling in the third term, with Joel Houghton sent off for giving Field Umpire Henry King a piece of his mind, which then led to several spot fires to keep the officials busy. Matt Martin kicked a goal to narrow the margin to 23 points early in the quarter, with Bunbury clawing their way back into the contest but couldn’t get the score on the board to apply scoreboard pressure to the Dons.
Ben Howlett converted a 50m penalty and when Jeff Smith slotted another from deep in the pocket the margin had expanded to 35 points, and almost out of reach of the home team.
The final term saw just three goals, but Ben Howlett capped off an outstanding match with his third early in the final quarter as the Dons cruised to victory by 38 points. Howlett was announced as best on ground, while Trae Field was presented with a commemorative jumper as Bunbury’s best player.
In a nice touch, both teams gave Jesse Gribble a guard of honour as he left the field after playing his 250th game, and Gribble was again one of Bunbury’s better players.
The win for Donnybrook sets up a massive match with South Bunbury this Saturday at VC Mitchell Park, while for Bunbury they will look to regroup, taking on Augusta Margaret River on Sunday.
Donnybrook 1.3.9 7.5.47 9.8.62 11.8.74
Bunbury 2.4.16 2.7.19 3.8.26 4.12.36
Goals: Donnybrook – Jeffrey Smith 5, Sam Bevan 3, Ben Howlett 3. Bunbury – Matthew Martin 2, Harry Creasey 1, Jesse Kirwen 1.
Best: Donnybrook – Ben Howlett, Archer Coates, Clayton Giblett, Jeffrey Smith, Chris Atthowe, Scott Tuia. Bunbury – Trae Field, Harry Creasey, Jesse Gribble, Denholm King, Jacob Wintle, Joel Houghton.
Ground: PC Payne Park
Umpires: Henry King, Vance Burton, Jack Crawshaw
Reports: Jacob Kendle (DBK) for striking Harry Creasey (BY) in first quarter by Field Umpire Vance Burton