Historic Day As Shark Win First Match

Dunsborough have won their first match in the SWFL when they defeated Collie in emphatic style on Sunday afternoon, at the Dunsborough Playing Fields, in round five of the Dale Alcock Homes South West premiership season.

After strong showings against both Busselton and South Bunbury, the Sharks would have taken plenty of confidence into the match against Collie, who were sitting just below them on the ladder going into the match.

The Sharks got off to a great start, kicking four first quarter goals, keeping Collie goal-less.  At half time there was a real sense amongst the crowd that today would be the day, when the home team led by 47 points at half time, leading eight goals to one.

In the third term, Collie tried to rally, getting within 30 points on the home team, but late goals extended the margin to fifty points at the final change.  The final term would be a celebration, as the Sharks kicked a further five goals, as Collie became the first team to be beaten by Dunsborough, and in doing so, dropped to tenth on the ladder, while the Sharks moved to eighth and extensively built on their percentage.

Coach Daniel Wiseman celebrates as the siren sounds, as the Sharks record their first win.

The 76 point victory was the biggest of the weekend, as Chris White kicked sixth goals, the most by a Shark, after Nic Reid kicked four goals against Busselton.  The Sharks had ten goal kickers, giving the team plenty of avenues to goal.  Cameron Dean, Max Paterson and Mack Candy all played great games, while Adam Bignell tried hard all day for the Eagles.

Collie will return home and play Augusta Margaret River on Sunday, while Dunsborough will take plenty of belief into their match against Bunbury, also next Sunday.

Match Centre
Dunsborough  4.4.28  8.7.55  13.7.85  18.12.120
Collie Eagles  0.1.1  1.2.8  5.5.35  6.8.44

Goals: Dunsborough – Chris White 6, Nic Reid 3, Cameron Dean 2, Jack Byrne 1, Mack Candy 1, Sam Goldstone 1, Jake Green 1, Jack Hindle 1, Pat McGinnity 1, Mick Sherry 1.  Collie Eagles – Adam Bignell 1, Rory Bebbington 1, Luke Abbott 1, Teale DeAngelis 1, Ben Higgs 1, Jakob Pilatti 1.
Best:  DunsboroughChris White, Cameron Dean, Max Paterson, Mack Candy, Sam Goldstone, Nicolas Reid.  Collie Eagles – Adam Bignell, Benjamin Higgs, Teale De’Angelis, Luke Abbott, Zac Pilatti, Kye Barker.
Ground:  Dunsborough Playing Fields
Umpires:  Cameron Valenti, Henry King
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 657

Pat McGinnity under pressure early in the match. McGinnity went on to play another great game for the Sharks. Photo courtesy of Vicky Dawson