Magpies Challenged, Magpies Win Again

Not for the first time recently, Busselton have been challenged, but they again have found a way to win and continue to remain undefeated after accounting for Bunbury at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, in round sixteen of the SWFL.

On a perfect day for football, in front of a big crowd, Busselton got off to a fast start, leading by 11 points at the first change.

The second quarter saw twelve goals kicked, with Busselton kicking eight of them, with excellent goals to Liam Creighton and Beau Chinnery, while at the other end, Joel Houghton was marking everything to have three goals at half time.  The second quarter had more than goals, as tempers flared, and a count was called by Busselton, something which is highly unusual.  It was found after the count that both teams had eighteen players on the field.

Trailing by 37 points at half time, and Busselton dominating possession, the Bulldogs fought back in the third quarter, keeping Busselton goal-less, as Houghton single handedly kept Bunbury in the contest.

Joel Houghton kicked eight goals for the Bulldogs

In a tense final term, Bunbury got within 8 points, when Joel Houghton kicked his eighth goal of the match, in a brilliant forward performance, but the Magpies as they have done several times when challenged, kicked away again to win by 15 points.

Jaxon East, Damian Lee and Mitch Howlett played well for the Magpies who played without Mitch Tenardi and Zac Pethybridge who represented Western Australia in the State Country game on Saturday, while both Jaymin and Denholm King gained plenty of possessions for Bunbury, while Joel Houghton’s eight goal haul was another standout.

Bunbury will now host Bunbury next Sunday at Payne Park, while Busselton will play South Bunbury at Hands Oval on Saturday in what should be another great contest.

Busselton  4.3.27  12.6.78  12.10.82  15.15.105
Bunbury  2.4.16  6.5.41  9.5.59  14.6.90

Goals:  Busselton – Beau Chinnery 3, Liam Creighton 3, Mitchell Howlett 3, Jaxon East 2, Blake Riley 2, Josh Lee 1, Kayne Cox 1.  Bunbury – Joel Houghton 8, Scott Doncon 2, Mason Hawkes 2, Jaymin King 2.
Best:  BusseltonJaxon East, Austin Styles, Damian Lee, Mitchell Howlett, Blake Riley, Kayne Cox.  Bunbury – Joel Houghton, Jaymin King, Denholm King, Jesse Gribble, Mason Hawkes, Brandon Gregory.
Ground:  Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Umpires:  Cameron Valenti, Henry King, Scott Jones
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  774

Photos courtesy of Sharyn Newlands