Houghton Puts Boomers Back In The Race

A month ago, the Eaton Boomers were a mathematical chance of making finals before a thrilling draw with Collie, which was followed by a loss to Bunbury, making finals a slim chance at best.  The Boomers were behind Carey Park for most of the match in round twenty before Joel Houghton kicked the match winner from 55 metres out to give the Boomers the win.

The underdogs going into Sundays crucial contest, the home team came from behind to hit the front and then survived a resurgence from Busselton in the final term, as Houghton for the second week in a row, from exactly the same spot as the week previous put his team in front.  The only difference this week was, he repeated the dose a minute later to sink the hopes of Busselton finishing third at the end of the home and away season to put the home team fans into raptures.

That was the sum outcome of a thrilling contest at Glen Huon Reserve on Sunday afternoon, which has now thrown up more scenarios than you could poke a stick at.

The Magpies started the best, leading by seventeen points at quarter time but the visitors were wasteful, kicking 2.7 (19). Liam Creighton started strongly kicking a very good goal, but many of his team mates were not as accurate.

The Boomers kicked four goals in the second quarter to take the lead, limiting Busselton to three behinds.  The quarter was soured for the Magpies when Jaice Pardi hobbled across the boundary line with a serious knee injury.

Both teams found scoring much easier in the third quarter, with Jackson Arbon kicking a goal to level the scores at the two minute mark.   A minute later Jacob Dragovich kicked truly from deep in the pocket and when Brandon Jetta goaled five minutes later the Boomers were out to an eleven point lead.  Liam Creighton kicked his second goal of the afternoon and when Jed Kemp goaled from long range, Busselton were back in front.   A running goal from Tanner Allen and a late goal from Greg Humphries had the Boomers up 54-41 at the final change.

Busselton came out full of intent in the final term, kicking two quick goals to Dylan Patterson and Creighton, eradicating the advantage held by the Boomers.  Soon scores were level and remained that way for a period of time, before both teams traded the lead.

Houghton then imposed himself on the contest, kicking a great goal from 55 metres after a midfield turnover.  He then repeated the dose a minute later to extend the margin greater than two goals, and with time running out the Magpies were not able to peg the margin back.

Houghton and Jacob Dragovich were excellent for the Boomers, while Mitch Tenardi, Damian Lee and Jackson Arbon had plenty of possessions for the Magpies.

Seemingly out of contention a month ago, the Boomers are now a massive chance to make finals.  Their final match is at Brunswick Oval against Harvey Brunswick Leschenault.  If they win, they eliminate Donnybrook from the finals, who only a week ago were in the five, and the Boomers will be in the five at the end of their match.   Harvey Bulls will get that news as they run out to start their match with Busselton in Busselton on Saturday evening.  The Bulls would then need to win the match to ensure they play finals.  If the Lions were to cause an upset, the Boomers would be eliminated.  Donnybrook would then still be in contention if Busselton were to beat Harvey Bulls.  So much to play out in the final round!

MATCH CENTRE

Eaton Boomers  0.2.2  4.4.28  8.6.54  13.6.84
Busselton  2.7.19  2.10.22  5.11.41  9.16.70

Goals:  Eaton Boomers – Joel Houghton 4, Karl Collard 2, Brendan Craig 2, Tanner Allen 1, Jacob Dragovich 1, Brandon Jetta 1, Riley Pokler 1.  Busselton – Liam Creighton 3, Jed Kemp 3, Jackson Arbon 1, Josh Hewett 1, Dylan Patterson 1.
Best:  Eaton Boomers – Joel Houghton, Jacob Dragovich, Mitchell Kings, Matthew Cartledge, Riley Pokler, Joseph Bertola. Busselton – Mitchell Tenardi, Damian Lee, Jackson Arbon, Jed Schaler, Jack Williams, Liam Creighton.
Ground:  Glen Huon Reserve
Umpires:  Scott Jones, Braden Surrall, Greg Rolfe
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  511

The Boomers all smiles as they come of the ground, and now are a big chance of making finals.