Busselton remain undefeated after defeating South Bunbury on Saturday afternoon at Hands Oval in front of a vocal crowd, in round seventeen of the SWFL.
In a match with plenty of consequences for South Bunbury, the Tigers came out with plenty of vigour and intensity, taking the match right up to Busselton in opening term. The opening goal would come from Adam Hunter in the opening three minutes, as both teams flexed their collective muscle, with plenty of niggle in the early exchanges. The next goal didn’t come until the fourteen minute mark when Leigh Kohlmann converted a set shot from deep in the pocket at the Northern end, giving the Tigers a thirteen point lead. Blake Riley would mark and goal for the Magpies as the first quarter entered time on, with the home side leading by five points.
The second quarter delivered much of the same, with both sides enjoying periods of ascendancy, with Busselton getting the upper hand, kicking three goals to lead by a goal at half time.
The niggle continued at the start of the third, even before the siren, leading to a slight delay while the Umpires sorted things out. Once underway, the Tigers defence was immediately under pressure as the Magpies made their move. The Tigers defence were caught out with two Busselton players getting free behind the ball leading to Blake Riley converting from the goal square. Jack Kennedy would kick truly courtesy of a 50m penalty and suddenly the Magpies advantage was 19 points.
Cole Sawyer, Martin Thompson and Jesse Crichton were defending grimly for South Bunbury as Busselton kept the Tigers goal-less in the third term, and only conceded one in the final term, as Busselton kicked away, winning by 41 points.
The Busselton midfielders didn’t allow South Bunbury and space, and the tackling pressure was immense, with Mitch Tenardi back from State duties amongst the best on the ground along with Jackson Arbon and Ethan Bowman.
South Bunbury remain third after the loss, but will most likely be fourth by the end of the round, with Carey Park to play Dunsborough. The Tigers also have the bye in round eighteen, while Carey Park will host Donnybrook, the two teams they are currently equal on points with. Busselton meanwhile, will host Harvey Bulls, who defeated Busselton twice in two weeks last season at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.
Busselton 1.3.9 4.5.29 7.8.50 10.13.73
South Bunbury 2.2.14 3.5.23 3.7.25 4.8.32
Goals: Busselton – Jackson Arbon 2, Jaxon East 2, Blake Riley 2, Liam Creighton 1, Jason Fish 1, Jack Kennedy 1, Mitch Tenardi 1. South Bunbury – Kade Wallrodt 2, Adam Hunter 1, Leigh Kohlmann 1.
Best: Busselton – Mitchell Tenardi, Jackson Arbon, Ethan Bowman, Ben Ganzer, Kayne Cox, Brodie Howell. South Bunbury – Cole Sawyer, Jace Cormack, Jay Crossman, Jesse Crichton, Rocco Versace.
Ground: Hands Oval
Umpires: Daniel Ebert, Kevin Hutchins, Cameron Valenti