Carey Park have defeated Bunbury at PC Payne Park on Sunday afternoon, witnessed by a big crowd, in a match the ebbed and flowed, in round twelve of the SWFL.
Both teams had periods of dominance, which saw the lead change multiple times before Carey Park got the upper hand in the final quarter, winning by 19 points.
Matt Martin kicked the opening goal of the match, and then set up the second after a chain of handballs, with Joel Houghton converting to give the home team an early nine point lead. Cooper Sparks pegged one back for Carey Park, kicking on the outside of the boot from deep in the pocket, and when Zane Verhaaf goaled on the run, sneaking it inside the left goal post, Carey Park found themselves in front. Matt Martin kicked a late goal after a strong mark against his opponent, with Bunbury taking a one goal lead into the opening break.
The opening quarter set the tone for what followed, with both teams dominating periods of play, with the Panthers arresting the lead at half time, going into the major break leading by six points.
Carey Park started the third quarter strongly and opened a handy buffer of 17 points over Bunbury who then fought back again, with scores level just before three quarter time.
After a tense start to the final term, Carey Park gained control kicking four goals to one, defeating Bunbury by 19 points.
On a perfect day for football, four players all kicked four goals, with Ryan King and Kelvin Lawrence kicking four each for Carey Park, while Matt Martin and Joel Houghton did likewise for Bunbury. Kelvin Lawrence again was a key player for the Panthers, obtaining plenty of possessions across the day. Denholm King and Jesse Gribble again played excellent games for the Bulldogs with plenty of run and carry through the middle of the ground.
The win elevates Carey Park back to fourth and Bunbury drop back to fifth, with Carey Park to face Harvey Brunswick Leschenault on Saturday, while the Bulldogs will have the bye.
Carey Park 2.3.15 6.5.41 10.7.67 14.11.95
Bunbury 3.3.21 5.5.35 10.6.66 11.10.76
Goals: Carey Park – Ryan King 4, Kelvin Lawrence 4, Brady Lenaghan 3, Cooper Sparks 1, Harley Sparks 1, Zane Verhaaf 1. Bunbury – Joel Houghton 4, Matt Martin 4, Bradley Blake 1, Dylan Heasman 1, Peter Woods 1.
Best: Carey Park – Kelvin Lawrence, Ryan King, Brady Lenaghan, Cameron Baker, Bill Brown, Liam Stewart. Bunbury – Denholm King, Jesse Gribble, Dylan Heasman, Joel Houghton, Hamish Hall, Matthew Martin.
Ground: PC Payne Park
Umpires: Vance Burton, Aaron Andrews, Braden Surrall