Kohlmann Gets His Century, Tigers Get The Win

Leigh Kohlmann created history, becoming just the seventh player to kick 100 goals in the SWFL, while South Bunbury defeated Harvey Brunswick Leschenault by 63 points at Hands Oval.

There were two points to the match, would Kohlmann kick 100 goals and would the Tigers win by a sufficient margin to remain in third place to play in a qualifying final.

In front of a big crowd and leaden skies, Bodhi Nordahl opened the scoring kicking a goal from the scoreboard pocket, as the Tigers kicked with a strong breeze to the Northern end.  Eleven minutes in, Kohlmann kicked truly and three minutes later he replicated his earlier shot, to have two goals in three minutes and had moved to 98 goals for the season.  Ethan Nordahl continued the scoring when he converted after receiving a free kick, and when he snapped his second, alarm bells were ringing for the Lions, who were yet to score a goal.   Kohlmann had two opportunities late in the quarter, but uncharacteristically he missed them both.

Zavier Williams was the man charged with the job of stopping Kohlmann, but it was evident he had plenty of support, with Kohlmann sometimes having to try and beat three opponents.

Remarkably, Kohlmann marked amongst three opponents early in the second but missed again, as the bevy of photographers moved from one end of the ground to the other.  The Tigers did kick two goals for the term into the stiff breeze to lead by 41 points at half time.

Jace Cormack kicked a good goal on the run to extend the margin further, before Zac Piper kicked a rare goal at the Southern end to kick the Lions second goal for the match.  Kohlmann took another mark and missed again, but shortly after Jace Cormack bobbed up again and kicked his second from deep in the pocket.  The ball was living predominantly in the forward half for the Tigers, and eventually Kohlmann got a rare one on one contest, marking 45 metres out.  After missing several from the same range, this time the Tigers spearhead converted to move to 99 goals.  The Lions certainly didn’t make it easy for Kohlmann, who was forced to wait even longer, as a rare foray forward saw Luke Bennett kick his second goal.

Kohlmann eventually kicked his 100th goal after receiving a sneaky handball, with Kohlmann snapping on his left boot from about 20 metres.  After a brief interruption as spectators spilled onto the ground, the rain started to fall, and scoring practically stopped.

The last quarter saw just one goal, with the Tigers winning by 63 points.  To be removed from third place, the Dons will need to beat Augusta Margaret River by around 94 points, unless the Dons keep the Hawks to practically no score.

The Lions will finish the season in eighth place at the end of the season.

Leigh Kohlmann’s family celebrating his 100th goal

MATCH CENTRE
South Bunbury  5.4.34  7.9.51  11.11.77  12.14.86
Harv Bruns Lesch  0.2.2  1.4.10  3.4.22  3.5.23

Goals:  South Bunbury – Leigh Kohlmann 4, Ethan Nordahl 3, Jace Cormack 2, Shaun Crane 1, Bodhi Nordahl 1, Kade Szyszka 1.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Luke Bennett 2, Zac Piper 1.
Best: South Bunbury –  Jay Crossman, Cole Sawyer, Jack Wright, Martin Thompson, Jesse Crichton.  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Xavier Milner, Connor Carbone, Joshua Tartaglia, Luke Bennett, Taj Timewell, Brandon Janssen.
Ground:  Hands Oval
Umpires:  Damien O’Donoghue, Cameron Edmonds
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 676

Kohlmann celebrates with team mates after kicking his 100th goal.