Kohlmann Kicks Nine In Great Derby Performance

Leigh Kohlmann is within four goals of kicking 100 goals in a season, after a brilliant solo effort on Sunday afternoon at PC Payne Park, as the Leagues leading forward kicked nine goals in South Bunbury’s 34 point win over Bunbury.

Leigh Kohlmann is within four goals of the magic 100, with one game to go against HBL

Before more than 1000 fans, the opening quarter provided plenty of goals, mostly to South Bunbury, with Kade Szyszka kicking the opening goal.  Leigh Kohlmann kicked his first goal from a set shot, and when he slotted his second from deep in the pocket, the Tigers led by 17 points after just ten minutes.   Matt Martin pegged one back for the Bulldogs, but it was immediately answered by Kohlmann who received a free kick right in front, and he had three majors inside twenty minutes.

Brandon Gregory kicked Bunbury’s second goal from long range to narrow the margin to nine points at quarter time.

The second quarter the scoring dried up as both defences got on top, but South Bunbury controlled general play, eventually keeping the Bulldogs goal-less in the second term, while kicking three goals themselves, as the margin became a game high 27 points.

The Bulldogs rallied in the third, with quick goals to narrow the margin to fifteen points, before Kohlmann kicked another from long range.

Kohlmann would kick another three goals in the last term, with his ninth and final goal on the run one of his best. Kohlmann had an opportunity to kick his tenth, but it went across the face of goals.

The win puts South Bunbury back into third place after Donnybrook almost lost to Collie setting up a grand stand finish next weekend, with percentage potentially separating the two teams, and determining who will play Carey Park in the Qualifying Final.

Bunbury meanwhile, played well in patches but had no answer for Kohlmann who was a colossus up forward, marking everything that came his was and kicked incredibly accurately.  Bunbury tried several players on Kohlmann with Joel Houghton finding himself in the back-line during the third term.

South Bunbury also in the process won the prestigious Syd Jackson/Max McGuire Cup.

South Bunbury  4.1.25  7.2.44  11.3.69  15.7.97
Bunbury  2.4.16  2.5.17  7.6.48  9.9.63

Goals:  South Bunbury – Leigh Kohlmann 9, Adam Hunter 3, Jace Cormack 1, Kade Szyszka 1, Kade Wallrodt 1.  Bunbury – Dylan Heasman 2, Brandon Gregory 1, Jesse Heywood 1, Joel Houghton 1, Denholm King 1, Jesse Kirwen 1, Matt Martin 1, Jayme Osiejak 1.
Best:  South BunburyLeigh Kohlmann, Ethan Nordahl, Jesse Crichton, Kevin Chitty, Cole Sawyer, Jay Crossman.  Bunbury – Jesse Gribble, Denholm King, Joel Houghton, Dylan Heasman, Bradley Blake, Liam O’Connell.
Ground:  PC Payne Park
Umpires:  Kim Narkle, Kevin Hutchins, Greg Rolfe
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 1030

Photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop