Houghton Brilliance Ends Dons Finals Hopes

Donnybrook have been bundled out of the race for the final five, after Collie Eagle’s Joel Houghton single handedly dismantled Donnybrook at VC Mitchell Park on Sunday.

Houghton put in the best forward display witnessed in recent years, kicking ten goals in three quarters.  Houghton booted three goals in the first, four in the second and a further three goals in the third.  He played half of the final quarter before coming to the bench.  Donnybrook, who kicked 10.7.67 for the match only just outscored Houghton who kicked 10.4.64 and passed off at least two more.

The match started in bright sunshine before a healthy crowd, with the home team kicking the opening goal in the first minute of the match.  That was met with an immediate reply, with Houghton kicking the first of three goals for the term.  Dion Parker kicked a good goal, which was quickly followed up by a goal to Sam Lowrie, which would see the Dons lead by ten points.  Houghton then kicked a trade-mark long range goal, followed by a snap from 40m out, which would see the Eagles back in front.  Both teams traded goals late in the term, resulting in four lead changes, with the Eagles taking an 11 point lead into the quarter time break.

The second quarter belonged to Houghton, who kicked his fourth at the two minute mark to extend the visitors advantage to a game high 17 points.  Moments later Houghton marked in the goal square to kick his fifth.  Houghton had his run of goals interrupted by Paul Rinder who snapped truly as the Dons found themselves 29 points adrift.  It was 35 points when Houghton kicked his sixth from deep in the pocket, and courtesy of a 50 metre penalty he kicked his seventh prior to half time.  Travis Cleggett kicked another as the game slipped away from Donnybrook.  Sam Lowrie kicked his second of the match at the 23 minute mark of the second quarter, to record the Dons only score for the term.

The Dons rallied in the third term, kicking the opening three goals of the term, with Kieran Hug, Jacob Green and Sam Lowrie all converting, narrowing the margin to 26 points.  The Eagles then kicked back into gear with Blair Malatesta markng an errant kick from Houghton, resulting in a goal.  Houghton then kicked his eighth, ninth and tenth goals, all from pack marks to have the home team out of their depth at the final change by 51 points.

Houghton needed three goals in the final term to break the all time record of 12 goals set by Matt Michael, but that didn’t eventuate as Houghton spent the second half of the final term on the bench.   The Eagles eventually ran out winners by 65 points.

Donnybrook’s gallant charge through the second half of the season came to a crushing end and as a result of Augusta Margaret Rivers stirring win over Harvey Brunswick Leschault, the Dons bow out of the finals race.  Collie Eagles will play the Lions next Sunday in the final game of the home and away season, with the winner to host a qualifying final the week after in the first week of the finals, where almost certainly the two teams will play again, unless top of the table Bunbury, lose to Busselton next Sunday in Bunbury.

Match Centre

Collie Eagles 5.6.36  11.11.77  16.10.110  19.18.132
Donnybrook  4.1.25  5.1.31  9.5.59  10.7.67

Goals: Collie Eagles – J Houghton 10, T Cleggett, 2, B Maloney 2, T Scolari 1, B Malatesta 1, P Rinder 1, M Florio 1, R Chappell 1.  Donnybrook – D Parker 3, S Lowrie 3, J Green 2, B Epis 2, K Hug 1.
Best: Collie Eagles – J Houghton, P Rinder, K Shanahan, M Michael , T Cleggett, Corey Griggs.  Donnybrook – S Lowrie, K Hug, L Dale, D Parker, C Miller, S Beal
Umpires:  Matt Chernabaeff, Adam Hauswirth, Kevin Hutchins
Reports: Nil
Ground: VC Mitchell Park, Donnybrook