Dons Take Points At Home

Donnybrook have defeated Collie Eagles on Saturday afternoon at VC Mitchell Park, in perfect weather, with the Dons victorious by 26 points in round ten of the Dale Alcock Homes SWFL Premiership season.

Going into the fixture the Dons would have put the match down as a win, and a percentage booster, but the certainly didn’t get the latter, as Collie took in right up to the Dons despite being on the bottom of the ladder.

Jeff Smith took just four minutes to open the scoring, and when Sam Bevan goals two minutes later, things already looked ominous for the Eagles, who had hardly had a possession.   Collie then settled and had several shots at goal, all three missing before Smith goaled again to extend the margin to 16 points.  Max Ireland replied for the visitors who trailed by ten points at quarter time.

Bevan wasted no time kicking his second goal at the commencement of the second quarter, before Hamish Hutton kicked a tremendous goal on the run to extend the margin to twenty points as the Eagles continued to pepper the goals.  After kicking three straight behinds at one end, Jeff Smith kicked his third from a set shot at the other, as the Dons opened the margin to 27 points.  A Matt Blackford intercept led to a Jayce Fontana goal, but that was negated by Luke Dale who kicked a good goal just before half time.

Max Ireland kicked his second goal to start the third quarter as the Eagles rallied, with Fontana kicking his second soon after as the Eagles narrowed the margin to seventeen points.  Collie’s goals were hard earnt, opposed to Donnybrook whos precision passing led to Jeff Smith kicking another, as the Dons went to the last bread leading by 22 points.

Donnybrook would kick the opening two goals of the final term, and it looked like Collie’s resistance had ended, but to the Eagles credit they came again with goals to Jack Rinder and Hayden Mears who kicked a good goal on the run, narrowing the margin back to twenty points again.

Bradman May who had an outstanding game in his 100th League appearance, set up  Todd Gregory’s goal before Adam Bignell reduced the margin again. Jeff Smith would kick the last goal of the match, his sixth, as the Dons defeated the Eagles by 26 points.

Chris Atthowe had plenty of possessions, and along with Clayton Giblett and Archer Coates played good games for the Dons.  Adam Bignell, Teale DeAngelis and Cameron Davidson played well for the Eagles.   Zac Trigwell returned after a long lay off with a shoulder injury, and after looking tentative in the first quarter, started to get into the match, narrowly missing another mark of the year contender coming from well back in the pack.

The Eagles will now have face Busselton in the final match of the first round, with Steven Milne set to join the team.  Donnybrook will play Augusta Margaret River on Saturday at Gloucester Park in what promises to be a great game.

Match Centre
Donnybrook  3.2.20  7.5.47  8.7.55  12.7.79
Collie Eagles  1.4.10  2.7.19  4.9.33  7.11.53

Goals:  Donnybrook – Jeff Smith 6, Sam Bevan 3, Luke Dale 1, Todd Gregory 1, Hamish Hutton 1.  Collie Eagles – Jayce Fontana 2, Max Ireland 2, Adam Bignell 1, Hayden Mears 1, Jack Rinder 1.
Best:  DonnybrookJeffrey Smith, Bradman May, Clayton Giblett, Archer Coates, Luke Dale, Jacob Kendle.  Collie Eagles – Adam Bignell, Teale De’Angelis, Cameron Davidson, Jak Mounsey, Talan Michael, Hayden Mears.
Ground:  VC Mitchell Park
Umpires:  Aaron Andrews, Henry King
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  548

Plenty of players around the ball, with Ben Howlett (15) and Matt Blackford (15) having a good battle all day. Photo courtesy of Faye Golding