Donnybrooks season took a nose dive a week ago when they were beaten at VC Mitchell Park by Harvey Bulls, and with a tough run home, finals were getting out of reach. A week though is a long time in Football, and the Dons, in front of their biggest home crowd of the season, stunned Busselton with a 43 point win on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was set up in the first quarter, kicking two very quick goals to start the match, with Busselton practically without a possession. When Sean Lynch kicked the fourth goal within fifteen minutes, alarm bells were ringing for the Magpies who had only scored a behind. The home team lead by 33 points at the first change, ultimately too much to peg back for Busselton.
Blake Cann kicked Busseltons first goal from 40m out early in the second quarter, but that was quickly answered by Adrian Hodgetts with a good running goal. Busselton stopped the Dons forward flow and seemed to be getting on terms with the opposition, and when Blake Cann tackled well in the forward line, he converted his second and reduced the margin to 26 points.
The Magpies didn’t score in the third term, and with Donnybrook kicking three goals, the game was out of reach with a quarter to play. Jaice Pardi kicked Busseltons only goal of the second half late in the match, as the Dons recorded a healthy win, assisting also with their percentage.
Sean Lynch and Ben Howlett again played well, while Jeff Smith booted four goals. Damian Lee and Jackson Arbon were amongst the best for Busselton, who have let a golden opportunity slip to potentially move into third place on the ladder come finals time.
The Dons will next play South Bunbury next Saturday evening, while Busselton will have the Club bye, before returning in round twenty against Collie Eagles.
Donnybrook 5.5.35 6.6.42 9.10.64 10.10.70
Busselton 0.2.2 2.4.16 2.4.16 3.9.27
Goals: Donnybrook – Jeffrey Smith 4, Shane Cristaldi 1, Luke Dale 1, Adrian Hodgetts 1, Ben Howlett 1, Sean Lynch 1, Luke Skehan 1. Busselton – Blake Cann 2, Jaice Pardi 1.
Best: Donnybrook – Sean Lynch, Ben Howlett, Jacob Kendle, Bradman May, Nick Martin, Jake Anderson. Busselton – Damian Lee, Jackson Arbon, Ethan Bowman, Jake Dugan, Blake Cann, Joshua Fleming.
Ground: VC Mitchell Park
Umpires: Daniel Ebert, Scott Jones