Carey Park have pulled off one of the upsets of the season, defeating ladder leaders Bunbury by 41 points at PC Payne Park on Sunday afternoon, in front on an excellent crowd.
After a tight first half with the Panthers leading by three points at quarter time and seven points at half time, it would be all the visitors in the second half with Bunbury kicking just two goals in the second half while Carey Park managed seven.
The Bulldogs were unusually outplayed and the Panthers maximised on their opportunities through the middle to give the forwards plenty of ball, with Bryce Fiorentino kicking three goals, while Nicholas Bonomelli and Kelvin Lawrence got plenty of possessions while Jye Graham in the back half repelled numerous attacks.
Patrick Farrant was definitely one of the best for Bunbury and kicked two goals, but the Panthers proved too strong, reversing the result of the first round where they lost to the Bulldogs by 71 points.
Carey Park moved up one place on the ladder as a result, but more importantly closed the gap on the top five, moving within six points while Bunbury lost top spot on the ladder, dropping to second. The Panthers will have another big match in round thirteen when they take on Augusta Margaret River while Bunbury’s league team will have the bye.
Carey Park 3.0.18 4.6.30 6.9.45 11.14.80
Bunbury 2.3.15 3.5.23 3.7.25 5.9.39
Goals: Carey Park – Bryce Fiorentino 3, Kelvin Lawrence 2, Zane Verhaaf 2, Hayden Yarran 2, Brady Lenaghan 1, Beshaun Maher 1. Bunbury – Patrick Farrant 2, Cameron Hay 1, Dylan Heasman 1, Tyson Wood 1.
Best: Carey Park – Nicholas Bonomelli, Kelvin Lawrence, Ethan Maguire, Jaxon Bell, Jye Graham, Bailey Taylor. Bunbury – Patrick Farrant, Travis Justins, Thomas Quaife, Jaymin King, Dylan Heasman, Jared Lines.
Ground: PC Payne Park
Umpires: Daniel Ebert, Greg Rolfe