Magpies Win Narrowly Over Panthers

Carey Park have come closer than any other team in their quests to beat the Magpies, who have now won their opening eight games of the season, defeating the Panthers by nine points at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Saturday evening.

The Magpies were wasteful in front of goals in the opening term, kicking two goals and seven behinds in the first quarter, to lead by 10 points at the opening break.

Kept goal-less in the second quarter, the Panthers had just one goal up until half time, as the Magpies led by 22 points at half time.  The margin remained the same at three quarter time before the Panthers stormed home, kicking three quick goals to put a bit of panic into the Magpies camp, who held sway in the concluding stages.

Mitchell Fraser played a great game and won the Belt Up game ball, while Bryce Fiorentino was the Panthers best player.

The win has extended the Magpies lead on the ladder, while the loss by Carey Park has them dropping to fourth place.  The Magpies now have the bye, while Carey Park will play Eaton in round nine.

MATCH CENTRE
Busselton  2.7.19  4.9.33  6.13.49  7.16.58
Carey Park  1.3.9  1.5.11  3.9.27  6.13.49

Goals: Busselton – Liam Creighton 2, Mitchell Howlett 2, Dylan Patterson 2, Bailey Sanford 1.  Carey Park – Kelvin Lawrence 2, Simon Homsany 1, Ryan King 1, Rory O’Brien 1, Cooper Sparks 1.
Best:  BusseltonMitchell Fraser, Zac Pethybridge, Kester Decke, Bailey Sanford, Jaxon East, Austin Styles.   Carey Park – Bryce Fiorentino, Cameron Baker, Jaxon Bell, Harley Sparks, Noah Carpanoni
Ground:  Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Umpires:  Ben Whitehill, Kevin Hutchins, Braden Surrall
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  696

Mitch Fraser was best on ground in the Magpies narrow win. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands