For One Team It’s The End Of The Road

For either Carey Park or Donnybrook Sunday’s First Semi Final will be their last match of the season, when they do battle at Kelly Park in the 2023 Dale Alcock Homes South West Finals Series.

Carey Park have been the Cinderella story of 2023, finishing eighth last season to a second place finish this season after the home and away matches.  Their loss to South Bunbury although not un-expected, the margin was, with the Panthers beaten by 47 points, their biggest loss of the season.   Donnybrook meanwhile, started brilliantly against Bunbury in the Elimination Final, then lost the lead, but found a way to claw their way back into the contest, to progress to the next stage.

The two teams have not met in a First Semi Final since 2001, which Donnybrook won by six points.  In the two matches this season, Donnybrook won the round six clash by three points at VC Mitchell Park, while Carey Park reversed the result in round eighteen by 36 points at Kelly Park.

Donnybrook will need to find a way to curb the influence of Harley Sparks, who has been sensational this season, with the delivery to Ryan King and Kelvin Lawrence a feature, both who are key players kicking goals for the Panthers.  Conversely, the Panthers will need to stop Ben Howlett who has had another great season, along with Sam Perkusich and Jeff Smith.

The match promises to be a great game, with the match scheduled to commence at 3.00pm, with a big crowd expected.

MATCH DETAILS
9.30am Colts Second Semi Final – Bunbury v Carey Park
11.30am Reserves First Semi Final – Bunbury v Augusta Margaret River
1.30pm Women’s Preliminary Final – Bunbury v Harvey Bulls
3.00pm League First Semi Final – Carey Park v Donnybrook

COVERAGE
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WEATHER
Fine – yes Fine and 17 degrees!

GATES OPEN
7.30am Mondak Place (Main Gate) Cash & EFTPOS – Entry Only
7.30am Balgore Way (Behind Changerooms) EFTPOS ONLY – and EXIT ONLY

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
No BYO, No PETS.
Adults $15, Concession $10, Kids 6-15 $1

Photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop