Panthers Storm Home To Win Thrilling Semi Final

Carey Park have kicked seven goals in the final term to defeat Donnybrook in the First Semi Final at Kelly Park on Sunday afternoon, before more than 1700 fans.

The Panthers turned a 23 point, three quarter deficit into a thirteen point victory in a pulsating final term.

Donnybrook got off to the perfect start ,with Ben Frazer kicking a goal in the opening minutes, one of three goals to the Dons in the opening term, which would see them lead by seven points.  Carey Park had plenty of the play, but couldn’t convert opportunities, which continued in the second.

Ryan King snapped a goal to start the second quarter to get Carey Park within a point, but Cooper Clarke-Dehring answered immediately with a great crumbing goal to extend the margin.  Jeff Smith extended the margin further at the eight minute mark when he marked and goaled.  A late goal to Carey Park saw the Dons still lead by eight points at half time.

Simon Homsany sent the ball into orbit with his snap at goals to start the third, with only the goal umpire in the right position to confirm it had gone through.  After this time, the match became a real arm wrestle with both defenses standing tall.  A pack mark to Ben Frazer opened the flood gates, with Frazer kicking two goals in two minutes, followed by a goal to Kai Luzi, and in the blink of an eye the Dons led by 23 points at three quarter time.

Kicking with a breeze in the final term, Carey Park needed a fast start, with Luke Hutcheson starting the revival after receiving a free kick. Five mintues later Ryan King goal from outside 50m and the comeback was on in earnest.  When Cooper Sparks kicked his first goal of the match at the ten minute mark, the Panthers were back within six points, with Sydney Stack levelling the scores with seven minutes to play.

Hutcheson put Carey Park in front for the first time in the match with five minutes remaining, but a brilliant goal to Scott Tuia brought the margin back to one point.  Kelly Park went into raptures when Jack DiLallo goaled on the run putting the Panthers seven points in front.  A 50m penalty after the final siren saw Hutcheson kick his fourth, and the Panthers now move into a Preliminary Final showdown with South Bunbury, next Sunday at 1.15pm.

The match was a tough contest, with plenty of pack marks, tough hits and great goals witnessed by what some people say is the biggest ever crowd at Kelly Park.

Carey Park  1.5.11  3.7.25  4.7.31  11.8.74
Donnybrook  3.0.18  5.3.33  8.6.54  9.7.61

Goals:  Carey Park – Luke Hutchinson 4, Jack DiLallo 2, Ryan King 2, Simon Homsany 1, Cooper Sparks 1, Sydney Stack 1. Donnybrook – Ben Frazer 4, Cooper Clarke-Dehring 2, Kai Luzi 1, Jeffrey Smith 1, Scott Tuia 1.
Best: Carey ParkSydney Stack, Luke Hutchinson, Zane Verhaaf, Jamahl Mulholland, Simon Homsany, Manasseh Milham.  Donnybrook – Ben Howlett, Clayton Giblett, Cooper Clarke-Dehring, Sam Perkusich, Ben Frazer, Jacob Kendle.
Ground:  Kelly Park
Umpires:  Damien O’Donoghue, Braden Surrall, Henry King
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  1748


Photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop