Giant Lion Tamers

Harvey Brunswick Leschenault have defeated Carey Park in Sunday’s Apprentice & Traineeship Co Colts Preliminary Final at Kelly Park, defeating last years premiers by six points.

The Lions have made it into the Grand Final after coming from the Elimination Final, defeating Busselton by 37 points and South Bunbury by five points along the way.

In a dour first half in perfect weather conditions, just five goals were kicked with the Lions leading by three points, with neither team able to break the strangle-hold of the other.

Lain Haunold had a purple patch mid way through the third term, kicking two quick goals to give the Lions a 12 point lead, courtesy of a 50m penalty and a set shot from deep in the pocket.  Brian Hughes reduced the margin to five points on the sound of three quarter time to provide the big crowd with a grandstand finish.

Fraser Ward dribble a ball out of a pack at the start of the last to give the Lions an eight point advantage, but Harry Jones goaled from a big pack to bring it back to five points.  John Cox put the Panthers in front at the eleven minute mark of the final term after receiving a high tackle, but it would be Haunold again, taking a big pack mark who would kick the final goal of the game.

Both teams had chances late, with the Panthers best hope to level the scores, but it was not to be, with last years Premiers bundled out in the Preliminary Final, while the Lions will now play Bunbury in the Grand Final.

Harv Bruns Lesch  2.1.13  3.1.19  5.1.31  7.3.45
Carey Park  1.2.8  2.4.16  3.8.26  5.9.39

Goals:  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Lain Haunold 3, Luke Crane 1, Bronson Martin 1, Lachlan Smith 1, Fraser Ward 1.  Carey Park – Brian Hughes 2, John Cox 1, Harry Jones 1, Sheldon Pickett 1.
Best:  Harvey Brunswick LeschenaultJacoby Parfitt, Jaxon Cuxson, Lattrell May, Kray Reeves, Riley Coulson, Jakson McCullough.  Carey Park – Harry Jones, Kye Axell, Nicholaas Le Roux, Kyan Fawcett, Brian Hughes, John Schilling
Ground:  Kelly Park
Umpires:  Daniel Ebert, Kevin Hutchins, Paul Davey
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 1400 approx

Photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop