Panthers Survive Massive Scare

Carey Park have defeated Dunsborough at the Dunsborough Playing Fields on Sunday afternoon, but not before having to survive a stirring fight back by the home team in the third quarter.

Everything appeared to be going to script in the first term, as the much fancied Carey Park opened up a 19 point lead, after kicking five opening quarter goals.

With the margin at 20 points at half time, Carey Park always seemed in control despite the margin, but in the third term the young Dunsborough team kicked three quick goals to narrow the margin to a single point, as the Sharks dominated play and kept the Panthers scoreless for the first twelve minutes of the quarter.  The Panthers rallied, kicking two of the next three goals to take an eight point lead into the final break.

The final term would see the Sharks try hard but were unable make any more inroads, as the Panthers held on to win by 21 points.

Harley Sparks (pictured), has had an outstanding season and was again amongst the best players, along with Rory O’Brien and Jaxon Bell.  Nic Reid’s three goals for the Sharks put the home side well and truly into the contest, while Mack Candy and Matthew Burgess also played well.

Carey Park will host Donnybrook in the next round, while Dunsborough will play Bunbury at Payne Park.

Carey Park  5.3.33  7.4.46  9.5.59  11.7.73
Dunsborough  2.2.14  4.2.26  8.3.51  8.4.52

Goals:  Carey Park – Ryan King 3, Jack DiLallo 2, Connnor Gadecki 2, Luke Hutchinson 1, Kelvin Lawrence 1, Rory O’Brien 1, Sydney Stack 1.  Dunsborough – Nic Reid 3, Matthew Burgess 2, Mack Candy 1, Joel Gust 1, Sam Phillips 1.
Best:  Carey ParkHarley Sparks, Rory O’Brien, Connor Gadecki, Jaxon Bell, Jack DiLallo, Lachlan Emmott.  Dunsborough – Nicolas Reid, Mack Candy, Matthew Burgess, Simon Poole, Reece Duffield, Daniel Atkinson.
Ground:  Dunsborough Playing Fields
Umpires: Matthew Stewart, Cameron Edmonds
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 606

Harley Sparks has been superb for Carey Park this season. Photo courtesy of Vicky Dawson.