Panthers Remain In Hunt For Five

Carey Park did what they needed to do at Kelly Park on Saturday afternoon, and that was to win, when they played Donnybrook at Kelly Park in round nine of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL premiership season.

In perfect weather conditions Donnybrook got the better  of the opening exchanges, with Trent Brown kicking the opening goal in the first minute of the match with a classy snap from the pocket.  Shortly after Ben Frazer kicked a set shot goal from the pocket to give the visitors a 13 point lead after just four minutes.  Luke Hutchinson kicked the opening goal for the Panthers at the ten minute mark, but that was immediately answered by Sam Perkusich who capitalised on a defensive error to extend the margin again.  A goal in time on to Ryan King gave Donnybrook a seven point lead at the first break.   Perkusich was in everything in the opening term, and played a major part in the Dons lead.

The second quarter saw Cooper Clarke-Dehring kick a long range goal after a long period of scrapy play, where both teams struggled to find the major opening.  The continued after the goal with the scoring also drying up, with both defences getting on top.  Out of nothing Sam Perkusich got a boot to a ball in a large pack which went through the major opening, giving Donnybrook a 20 point lead.  Late in the quarter, Carey Park put their best passage of play together, which ended with Kelvin Lawrence, who snapped a clever goal.  A minute later, courtesy of a free kick, Lawrence goaled again, narrowing the margin to seven points.

The Panthers hit the front in the third term, courtesy of a horrendous bounce which landed in the arms of Ryan King.  Two quick goals including one to Clarke-Dehring from long range had the Dons back in front.   A spectacular mark to Kelvin Lawrence in the centre of the ground, gave the Panthers another lease on life, with goals to Brady Lenaghan and Jack DiLallo putting the home side back in front at three quarter time.

Carey Park dominated possession in the last quarter, peppering the goals, but kicked four behinds Kelvin Lawrence snapped a goal to give the home side their biggest lead of the match (14 points).  When Ryan King converted the Panthers looked home, but Ben Frazer replied immediately.  Two late goals to Zac Tetlow put the match beyond doubt, giving Carey Park their fourth win of the season.

Kelvin Lawrence was awarded the think Mental Health ball for best player on the ground.

Match Centre

Carey Park         2.2.14      5.6.36      8.12.60    12.16.88
Donnybrook      3.5.23      6.7.43      8.7.55       9.10.64

Goals:  Carey Park  –  Ryan King 4, Kelvin Lawrence 3, Zac Tetlow 2, Jack DiLallo 1, Luke Hutchinson 1, Brady Lenaghan 1.   Donnybrook – Sam Perkusich 3, Cooper Clarke-Dehring 2, Ben Frazer 2, Jy Bolton 1, Trent Brown 1.
Best:  Carey Park Kelvin Lawrence, Zakary Tetlow, Ryan King, Jaxon Bell, Connor Gadecki, Liam Stewart.  Donnybrook – Sam Perkusich, Jacob Kendle, Beau Luzi, Archer Coates, Cooper Clarke-Dehring, Ben Frazer
Ground:  Kelly Park
Umpires:  Braden Surrall, Aaron Andrews
Reports: Nil
Crowd: 708

Plenty of high flyers today at Kelly Park – photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop