The crowd turned out in force to see David Mundy play for the Dunsborough Sharks, and the former Fremantle Docker didn’t disappoint at the Dunsborough Playing Fields, as the Sharks defeated the Boomers by 23 points.
The hype surrounding Dave Mundy was evident all day, as long lines developed to get prime positions around the ground, but there was also a game to be won, and Dunsborough were desperate to stop a swathe of narrow losses.
The first quarter took seventeen minute to witness the opening goal, with large cheers every time Dave Mundy touched the ball, but it would be Sam Goldstone who kicked the opener from a set shot, followed shortly after by Chris White who snapped from deep in the pocket, to give the Sharks an eleven point lead at quarter time.
Kicking with a handy breeze to the town end of the Dunsborough Playing Fields, Dave Mundy marked around 50 metres out from goal early in the second, and when the former Docker, dummied around the man on the mark and kicked truly, the crowd erupted in one of the highlights of what turned out to be a low scoring affair.
Karl Collard would kick the first goal for the Boomers, who trailed by 13 points at half time.
Both teams managed two goals a piece in the third, and it was evident early in the fourth, the Boomers were mounting a challenge, doing all of the attacking. Eventually Greg Humphries would kick a tremendous goal to narrow the margin to four points, and it appeared the big crowd were in for a big finish.
But goals to Cameron Dean and then Jake Dean from close range put the result beyond doubt, and Chris White put the icing on the cake, kicking a long range goal after the final siren, to give the Sharks a 23 point win. The win also elevates the Sharks above Eaton on the ladder at the half way mark of the season.
Pat McGinnity and Greg Humphries had a great battle all day and were arguably the best players on the ground, with Cal Foster and Shayne Zanetti also playing well for the Sharks. Dunsborough will have the bye in round twelve, while Eaton will host Donnybrook at Glen Huon Reserve on Saturday.
Dunsborough 2.1.13 3.3.21 5.3.33 8.7.55
Eaton 0.2.2 1.2.8 3.5.23 4.8.32
Goals: Dunsborough – Chris White 3, Sam Goldstone 2, Cameron Dean 1, Jake Green 1, David Mundy 1. Eaton – Karl Collard 1, Greg Humphries 1, Herman Humphries 1, Kade O’Dine 1.
Best: Dunsborough – Cal Foster, Shayne Zanetti, Daniel Atkinson, Jake Green, Pat McGinnity, Chris White. Eaton – Brendan Craig, Cade Bolton, James Chadwick, Gregory Humphries, Rex Kennedy, Paul Rinder.
Ground: Dunsborough Playing Fields
Umpires: Vance Burton, Greg Rolfe, Cameron Valenti