Magpies Too Good For Panthers

Busselton have recorded a convincing victory on Saturday night at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, in the opening match of the penultimate round of the SWFL season.

Carey Park started brilliantly kicking a goal 22 seconds into the match courtesy of Chris McMillan.  Busselton answered soon after via Ethan Bowman from a set shot, and that would be the Magpies only goal for the quarter.  Heath Stewart snapped a goal which just cleared the line to put the visitors back in front, with Jake Thurston snapping from 20 meters out late in the quarter to give the Panthers a 10 point lead at the first change.

Busselton went to work to erase the quarter time deficit, with a quick goal doing just that to bring the margin back to four points.  Mitchell Lague then kicked the first of his four goals after receiving a free kick deep in the pocket, which put the home team back in front.  A mark and goal to Aidan Fraser extended the margin as the Panthers backline came under constant attack.  Luckily for Carey Park, Busselton scored a spate of behinds before Fraser goaled for the second time in the quarter, extending the home teams advantage to two goals.

Busselton’s wayward kicking continued in the third term, before some untidy defence saw Reegan Mrsich goal to extend the lead to sixteen points.  Lauge goaled soon after courtesy of a 50m penalty and all of a sudden, a relatively tight contest had seen the lead extend past four goals when Aidan Fraser snapped truly.  Mrsich kicked a good goal after a chain of handballs along the members wing to extend the margin further.

The margin at the final break stood at 26 points, which was going to be a tough ask for the Panthers, which was then compounded with rain in the first half of the final quarter.  The Panthers rallied in the conditions, with Reece Kinnersly kicking truly from a tight angle, and moments later after a great ruck knock, Heath Stewart ran onto the loose ball to narrow the margin to 27 points.  But that was as far as it went for Carey Park, with Busselton dominating the final half of the quarter with Lague and Fraser providing too much fire power, with Fraser’s fifth goal near full time the best of the bunch, snapping over his right shoulder from 35 meters out.

Busselton kicked six goals in the final quarter to win by 55 points, their third of the season, which confirms Carey Park as this years team to finish on the bottom of the ladder.  It will be the end of the road for both teams in 2017 next Sunday, with Busselton travelling to Bunbury to take on the Bulldogs, while Carey Park will play their final match against Eaton Boomers.

Match Centre

Busselton 1.4-10  5.10-40  9.13-67  15.18-108
Carey Park 3.2-20  4.3-27  6.5-41  8.5-53

Goals: Busselton – A Fraser 5, M Lague 4, R Mrsich 2, J Powley 1, J Embrey 1, E Bowman 1, M Wellburn 1.  Carey Park – T Yarran 2, F Hart 1, E Hill 1, R Kinnersly 1, C McMillan 1, H Stewart 1, J Thurston 1.
Best: Busselton – C Puff, A Fraser, R Mrsich, T Hoffman, J Hayden, J Kemp. Carey Park – K King, J Mulholland, F Hart, J Bradbury, J Thurston, Z Verhaaf.
Umpires: Aaron Andrews, Matt Chernabaeff
Reports: Nil
Ground: Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton