Busselton have taken the four points at VC Mitchell Park on a very warm Saturday afternoon, and in doing so have sent a message to the competition, after a dominant display in the opening game of round four of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL premiership season.
After a reflective and well presented ANZAC ceremony, the two teams battled it out in front of a healthy crowd, with plenty of physical encounters in the opening seven minutes before Liam Creighton kicked a magnificent goal on the run from outside 50m.
The ball was coming into the Busselton forward line thick and fast but Kai Luzi repelled several attacks with some strong marking, but a great rovers goal by Tom Vellios had the visitors two goals up entering time-on.
Like the first term, it took seven minutes into the second quarter for the first goal, but it would be Vellios again, as the margin extended to 23 points. A snap by Hamish Hutton reduced the margin, but almost instantly Busselton replied with a goal to Mitch Tenardi courtesy of a 50m penalty. Jaxon East got the nod from the goal umpire with a set shot that just snuck inside the post at the 14 minute mark and the Dons would find themselves 29 points adrift. Liam Creighton set up play on the wing, and literally ten seconds later was marking the ball inside 50, he duly converted extending the margin further. Ben Frazer breathed some life into the contest when he kicked the first of his three goals for the day, but two further goals in time-on to Busselton had the Magpies 40 points in front at half time.
Liam Creightons athleticism was on display in the third, when he gave a Donnybrook defender a 5m start on a ball, which he collected and kicked his third. When Jake Dugan kicked a goal at the five minute mark of the third quarter courtesy of another 50m penalty, the scoreline was ugly, sitting at 53 points. The Dons tried to rally for the remainder of the term, with an intercept mark at half back by Zac Trigwell leading to a Ben Howlett goal, before Trigwell himself converted another. Jeff Smith then kicked two goals in three minutes and the margin was back to 34 points at the final change.
To Donnybrooks credit they ran out the game kicking six final quarter goals, but any chance of winning was snuffed out by Liam Creightons fourth goal, a stunning goal on the run from outside fifty.
The final margin of 26 points, didn’t truly reflect Busselton’s dominance, with coach Daniel Delaney asking his team to win the one on ones in the last quarter.
Busselton are now one of just two undefeated teams and are on top of the ladder, with a big match against Bunbury next Sunday, while Donnybrook will face Harvey Brunswick Leschenault.
Busselton 2.4.16 8.7.55 11.8.74 15.13.103
Donnybrook 0.1.1 2.3.15 6.4.40 12.5.77
Goals: Busselton – Liam Creighton 5, Beau Chinnery 2, Jaxon East 2, Mitch Tenardi 2, Jake Dugan 1, Dylan Patterson 1, Austin Styles 1, Tom Vellios 1. Donnybrook – Ben Frazer 3, Jeff Smith 3, Ben Howlett 2, Hamish Hutton 1, Tyson McWilliam 1, Sam Perkusich 1, Zac Trigwell 1.
Best: Busselton – Mitchell Tenardi, Kester Decke, Austin Styles, Jaxon East, Jake Dugan, Mitchell Fraser. Donnybrook – Ben Howlett, Luke Dale, Kai Luzi, Sam Perkusich, Todd Gregory, Ben Frazer
Ground: VC Mitchell Park
Umpires: Matt Stewart, Cameron Valenti, Kevin Hutchins