Panthers Burst Busselton Bubble

Busselton’s unbeaten run has come to an end at the hands of Carey Park, who defeated the Magpies by 22 points on Saturday evening at Kelly Park, in round nineteen of the SWFL season.

The Panthers as a result remain undefeated at home in a match of high quality.

Intense pressure was on display in the opening term, with both teams looking for the upper hand in the early exchanges, with the opening goal coming at the six minute mark when Ryan King converted after a strong mark.  Kayne Cox would kick the Magpies opening goal with a great dribble kick from deep in the pocket, narrowing the margin to one point.  Luke Hutchinson kicked a goal from long range to give the Panthers the upper hand, and when Simon Homsany kicked a goal from deep in the pocket the Panthers led by ten points.  The home team were rewarded for a solid opening term, with a goal after the siren to King, with the Panthers leading by sixteen points at quarter time.

Busselton were clearly not going to allow the Panthers to dominate the match and fought back strongly in the second quarter with Josh Lee starting the comeback in the opening minute, with Liam Creighton kicking two goals for the term as the Panthers lead was cut to six points at half time.

Creighton kicked a tremendous goal from deep in the pocket to narrow the margin, after an early goal to the Panthers and it looked like Busselton were about to mount a comeback.  Busselton dominated possession but couldn’t make in-roads into Carey Parks lead, which was still thirteen points at the final change.

Busselton tried everything to break down the Carey Park lead in the final term, but the Panthers were up to the challenge.  Simon Homsany kicked the only goal of the final term, putting the result beyond doubt to the delight of the Panthers faithful.

Harley Sparks was outstanding for the Panthers, while Bill Brown, Ryan King and Cooper Sparks also played well, while Liam Creighton was everywhere, gaining plenty of possessions to go with his three goals, while Austin Styles and Mitch Tenardi also played well.

Carey Park  4.3.27  7.7.49  10.10.70  11.15.81
Busselton  1.5.11  6.7.43  8.9.57  8.11.59

Goals:  Carey Park – Ryan King 3, Simon Homsany 2, Harley Sparks 2, Sydney Stack 2, Luke Hutchinson 1, Kelvin Lawrence 1.  Busselton – Liam Creighton 3, Mitch Tenardi, Jaxon East 1, Joshua Lee, Austin Styles 1, Kayne Cox 1.
Best:  Carey ParkHarley Sparks, Cooper Sparks, Bill Brown, Cameron Baker, Simon Homsany, Ryan King.  Busselton – Liam Creighton, Jon Meadmore, Austin Styles, Jaxon East, Mitchell Tenardi, Jake Dugan.
Ground:  Kelly Park
Umpires:  Scott Jones, Braden Surrall, Cameron Edmonds
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  713


Harley Sparks was outstanding again for the Panthers. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop