Lions Win A Thriller

Harvey Brunswick Leschenault have held on in a thrilling finish to defeat Busselton by three points, in the opening game of round four of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL premiership season.

The Lions who went into the match undefeated came up against Busselton, fresh from the bye.

The Lions would start the better of the two teams, kicking three straight goals in the opening stanza, while Busselton would have more scoring shots but couldn’t covert more than one.

The home side would kick the opening goal of the second quarter to open up a thirteen point advantage, before Busselton started to claw their way back into the match.  Mitch Tenardi played another great game, and when he kicked a long range goal just before half time, the margin was back to seven points.   Geoff Saunders would take a mark deep in the pocket just before the half time siren, and when he converted, players ran from everywhere to congratulate him on a brilliant kick, which had Lions 14 points in front.

The third term belonged to Busselton who came out strong after the break, with Jon Meadmore, Mitch Fraser, Jack Kennedy and Brodie Howell obtaining plenty of the ball, and placed the pressure back on the home side.  Scores were level momentarily before another Busselton goal had the black and white’s a goal in front at the final break.

Scores would be level in the final term, but when Jarrod Humphries kicked his fourth, Harvey Brunswick Leschenault were back in front.  That didn’t last long as long, as two more goals to Busselton had them back in front, only for Humphries to pop up again to kick his fifth, as the Lions held on by three points.

The match has moments of brilliance from numerous players, and the intensity was high in a clash that had plenty of highlights.  Ty Anderson again played a good game for the Lions as did Connor Carbone, who had multiple possessions.  Mitch Tenardi was instrumental in the Busselton resurgence in the third quarter, with Brodie Howell and Jozef Parkinson also playing well.

The win has Harvey Brunswick Leschenault on top of the ladder, and a blockbuster booked in for next Sunday at Brunswick Oval against Bunbury, who currently are also undefeated.   Busselton will face Eaton on Saturday at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.

MATCH CENTRE

Harv Bruns Lesch  3.0.18    5.2.32    7.3.45    10.6.66
Busselton                1.4.10     2.6.18    7.9.51     9.9.63

Goals: Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jarrod Humphries 5, Billy Boucher 1, Connor Carbone 1, Jonathan Fenwick 1, Pierce Ferguson 1, Geoffrey Saunders 1.  Busselton – Liam Creighton 2, Jack Kennedy 2, Mitchell Tenardi 2, Beau Chinnery 1, Brodie Howell 1, Jozef Parkinson 1.
Best:  Harvey Brunswick LeschenaultTy Anderson, Geoffrey Saunders, Connor Carbone, Ned Gualter, Jonathan Fenwick, Jarrod Humphries.  Busselton – Jack Kennedy, Jozef Parkinson, Mitchell Fraser, Mitchell Tenardi, Jon Meadmore, Brodie Howell
Ground:  Brunswick Oval
Umpires:  Cameron Valenti, Damon Rossi, Henry King
Reports: Jackson Arbon (Busselton Runner) for using abusive, threatening or insulting language towards an umpire
Crowd:  724

Photos courtesy of Sharyn Newlands