Kohlmann Brilliant In Tigers Win

Leigh Kohlmann has had one of the best first halves to a match seen in many a long day, which aided South Bunbury to a 33 point win over the Harvey Bulls on Saturday afternoon at Hands Oval.

Kohlmann took eight marks, seven inside 50m in the first term and kicked three goals five behinds, before taking a further four marks inside fifty metres in the second quarter on his way to a six goal haul.

Amazingly Kohlmann have five of the first six shots at goal, with his only downside being that he kicked seven behinds from his thirteen scoring shots across the match.

The Tigers had three goals in the opening ten minutes, before the Bulls started to gain possession of the ball and eventually scored their first goal at the fourteen minute mark of the term.  Kohlmann would then miss three shots in four minutes before Ben Horsman converted after a 50 metre penalty, with the Tigers leading by 21 points at quarter time.

Leigh Kohlmann had a day out, kicking 6 goals 7 behinds, with 12 marks by half time.

Kade Szyszka opened the scoring in the second quarter, before Stirling kicked a good goal on the run from the scoreboard pocket.  After Kohlmann kicked his fourth, Aaron Jovanovic narrowed the margin as the Bulls kept the margin just under three goals.  Kade Wallrodt had a good day as well kicking four goals, including a great snap to extend the margin again.   In a high scoring quarter, Llyod Beever replied immediately, only to have Jace Cormack kick another for South Bunbury as the two teams traded goals in quick succession.  The Tigers led by 34 points at half time, and the end margin would be 33 points, as the Bulls played the match out to the very end.

The Tigers were wasteful in the final term kicking three goals six behinds, but the result was already beyond doubt.

Kokhlmann would win the Belt Up Ball for best on ground, while Kade Wallrodt, Ben Horsman and Jesse Crichton also played well.  Aaron Jovanovic was the Bulls best player, and despite being undermanned by injury, showed glimpses of the form we know the Bulls of capable of, with Brad Holmes returning to form with four goals, while Lloyd Beever, Andrew Haydon and Dylan Marino also playing well.

The win puts South Bunbury into third place on the ladder, and sets up a clash with Donnybrook next Saturday who are currently second on the ladder.   The Bulls remain in seventh place with a match against Dunsborough next Sunday.

South Bunbury  4.6.30  9.9.63  10.12.72  13.18.96
Harvey Bulls  1.3.9  4.4.28  6.8.44  9.9.63

Goals:  South Bunbury – Leigh Kohlmann 6, Kade Wallrodt 4, Jace Cormack 1, Ben Horsman 1, Kade Szyszka 1.   Harvey Bulls – Brad Holmes 4, Aaron Jovanovic 2, Lloyd Beever 1, Stirling Hayden 1, Jacob Pickett 1.
Best:  South BunburyLeigh Kohlmann, Jay Crossman, Craig Hutcheson, Blake Piggott, Kaz Black.  Harvey Bulls – Aaron Jovanovic, Andrew Haydon, Dean Miller, Lloyd Beever, Stirling Hayden, Dylan Marino.
Ground:  Hands Oval
Umpires:  Damien O’Donoghue, Matt Stewart
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  632

Lloyd Beever about to be tackled by Jesse Crichton. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop