Celebrations turned to silence at Kelly Park on Saturday night, when the Panthers initially thought they had won a one point thriller, but the Goal Umpires amended the full time score at the end of the match, to reflect the SWFL first draw of the year.
At full time the scoreboard read CP 6.14.50 – HBL 7.7.49, but after consultation between the two men who count, the Goal Umpires, the score was amended down to 6.13.49, leaving both teams with that hollow feeling.
The match was an even contest throughout, with no more that two goals separating the two teams from start to finish, with Carey Park leading by three points at quarter time, while the Lions held the same lead at the half time break.
The breeze picked up in the third term and the Panthers would kick three goals to one to lead by two goals at the final change.
Misty rain started to fall in the last quarter, with the Lions kicking two goals courtesy of Jarrod Humphries who was a stand-out at full forward kicking five of his teams seven goals.
In what seemed like a tense final few minutes, Carey Park had chances to win the match and were able to bottle the ball up at half forward when the siren sounded. The jubilation though was short lived, as the Panthers recorded their 13th League draw in their history, while for HBL it would be their eighth.
Bailey Taylor and Ethan Maguire played well, while Jack DiLallo kicked three goals for the home team. Apart from Humphries who’s lone hand up-forward kept the Lions in the contest, Josh Underwood again played a good game, as did Tom Kelly.
Carey Park 1.3.9 3.6.24 6.10.46 6.13.49
Harv Bruns Lesch 1.0.6 4.3.27 5.4.34 7.7.49
Goals: Carey Park – Jack DiLallo 3, Nicholas Bonomelli 1, Brady Lenaghan 1, Hayden Yarran 1. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jarrod Humphries 5, Ben Ablett 1, Billy Boucher 1.
Best: Carey Park – Bailey Taylor, Ethan Maguire, Zane Verhaaf, Jack DiLallo, Lachlan Emmott, Kelvin Lawrence. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jarrod Humphries, Joshua Underwood, Tom Kelly, Zavier Williams, Reid Kinninmont, Jack Fletcher.
Ground: Kelly Park
Umpires: Cameron Edmonds, Cameron Valenti, Aaron Andrews