Dons Win Against All The Odds

Donnybrook have had a tough week on and off the field, but they were able defy all the odds when they defeated Harvey Brunswick Leschenault on Sunday afternoon at the Boyanup Oval.

On a fine yet bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, Donnybrook would take the field with  seven of their League players watching from the sidelines, after having to also forfeit their Reserves match to have enough players to fill the League team.  The team included Jeff Smith and Cody Miller who retired from League football last season, along with Graham Jetta, all of whom have been playing Reserves.

The quickest opening goal of the season was scored, when Harvey Brunswick Leschenault scored the opening goal after just nine seconds, and had a second within the opening minute.  Donnybrook would return with a goal of their own, which would see three goals within the first two minutes.   Some normality would then take place, before Jeff Smith would convert a set shot to put the Dons in front, only to have Jarrod Humphries kick and opportunistic goal to put the Lions back in front.

With five goals kicked in the opening term, the second quarter would see eleven goals kicked, in a highly entertaining quarter.  Ben Frazer put the Dons back in front in the opening minute, only to have Billy Boucher mark and goal to put the visitors back in front.  The Lions started to dominate, with quick goals to Matt Fenwick and Billy Boucher to open the lead to 14 points.   Ty Armitage would be absolutely flattened in the goal square in a marking contest, but Armitage would get up and goal, and the margin then became twenty points, and it looked like the Dons were going to be swallowed up.   A brilliant snap by Ben Frazer revitalised the Dons, with Jacob Kendle kicking a goal after receiving a free kick for holding the ball, narrowing the margin back to eight points.  Geoff Saunders extended the margin further for the Lions, before Donnybrook kicked three key goals in time on, the last to Clay Jackson on his left foot deep in the pocket was inspirational, and the Dons hit the front yet again.

It took thirteen minutes for the opening goal of the third term, with Matt Fenwick snapping a good goal, which put the Lions back in front, but that was only for a moment, as Frazer kicked his third from the goal line to return the advantage to the home side.  That would be the seventh and final lead change of the match, with the Dons leading by nine points at the final change.

Donnybrook either side of three quarter time would kick four consecutive goals, including the first three of the final term, the last of which was kicked by Cooper Clarke-Dehring from long range, giving the Dons a 27 point lead.  The Lions came again, kicking the next three goals of the match, and with two minutes left the margin returned to eight points.

Sean Lynch would kick the sealer in the final minute, his third for the match as Donnybrook hung tough to win by fifteen points, in a match where most pundits gave them no chance of winning.

The win keeps Donnybrook in the five, while the Lions remain third, but are now equal on points with Augusta Margaret River, who they will host next Saturday in what is now a massive match.  Donnybrook will head to Glen Huon Reserve to play against Eaton.


Donnybrook              2.4.16     8.5.53     10.7.67      14.8.92
Harv Bruns Lesch    3.0.18     8.2.50      9.4.58      12.5.77

Goals:  Donnybrook  – Sean Lynch 3, Ben Frazer 3, Cooper Clarke-Dehring 2, Jacob Kendle 2, Clay Jackson 1, Brandon Jetta 1, Sam Perkusich 1, Jeffrey Smith 1.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Ty Armitage 3, Billy Boucher 3, Matthew Fenwick 2, Ty Anderson 1, Ned Gualter 1, Jarrod Humphries 1, Geoffrey Saunders 1.
Best:  Donnybrook  – Todd Gregory, Sam Perkusich, Jacob Kendle, Sean Lynch, Ben Frazer, Cooper Clarke-Dehring.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Connor Carbone, Jack Fletcher, Zachariah Piper, Ned Gualter, Ty Anderson, Ty Armitage.
Ground:  Boyanup Oval
Umpires:  Braden Surrall, James Moonie (QLD), Cameron Valenti
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 536

Photos courtesy of Jon Gellweiler