Panthers Take Down Dons

Carey Park have moved to second place on the ladder, after defeating Donnybrook by 36 points at Kelly Park on Saturday afternoon, in the opening game of round eighteen of the Dale Alcock Homes South West Premiership Season.

In perfect weather, in front of a healthy crowd, both teams defensive lines were on top in the opening term, with just one goal kicked, to Scott Price of Carey Park, courtesy of a high tackle at the ten minute mark.

The second quarter saw the Panthers get on top, kicking three goals for the term to Kelvin Lawrence, Jack DiLallo and Brady Lenaghan, as the Dons were left reeling on five behinds at the major break.

The third term saw the pendulum swing, and the Dons responded with Sam Perkusich converting at the ten minute mark of the third term, to kick the Dons opening goal.  Shortly after Jeff Smith kicked truly from a strong mark, narrowing the margin to twenty points.   When Smith kicked another the margin was back to thirteen points, and it appeared that the Dons were staging a solid comeback.

Carey Park composed themselves for the remain minutes of the third term, taking a fifteen point buffer into the final change, and the momentum that the Dons appeared to had gathered was quelled.

Going Up!

It dissipated completely in the fourth term, as Cooper Sparks goaled within two minutes, and when Simon Homsany kicked truly from a high tackle, the resistance was eliminated.  The margin remained above four goals for the next fifteen minutes, before Kelvin Lawrence converted twice in two minutes to give the Panthers a strong victory by 36 points.

Not for the first time this season, Harley Sparks was instrumental in the Panthers victory, while Simon Homsany and Bill Brown also played well.   Scott Tuia was amongst the Dons best, on a day that saw the Dons go goal-less in three of the four quarters.

Carey Park now move to second on the ladder, but have played one more game than Donnyrbook who also have a much healthier percentage.  The win also sets up a top of the table clash with Busselton at Kelly Park next Saturday evening.  The Dons will need to regroup for their next match against Bunbury at VC Mitchell Park.

Carey Park  1.5.11  4.7.31  5.9.39  9.10.64
Donnybrook  0.2.2  0.5.5  3.6.24  3.10.28

Goals:  Carey Park – Kelvin Lawrence 3, Simon Homsany 2, Jack DiLallo 1, Brady Lenaghan 1, Scott Price 1, Cooper Sparks 1.  Donnybrook – Jeffrey Smith 2, Sam Perkusich 1.
Best:  Carey ParkHarley Sparks, Simon Homsany, Cameron Baker, Jamahl Mulholland, Bill Brown, Lachlan Emmott.  Donnybrook – Scott Tuia, Harley Corbett, Sam Perkusich, Archer Coates, Jacob Kendle, Clayton Giblett.
Ground:  Kelly Park
Umpires:  Aaron Andrews, Henry King, Cameron Valenti
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  644

Photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop.