A stunning opening quarter by Carey Park has set up the Panthers victory over South Bunbury at Kelly Park on Sunday afternoon, in front of a big crowd in round sixteen of the SWFL.
The match was only a minute old when Kelvin Lawrence got the scoring going, converting a set shot. A minute later Ryan King took a strong mark in the goal square and kicked the Panthers second, and the home team was off to a flyer. The Tigers rallied and started to get their hands on the ball, and were starting to control general play, but a turn over led to a chain of six handballs down the members wing, with ended up in the arms of King, who kicked his second.
Against the run of play, Ben Horsman kicked truly from a set shot, to narrow the margin to thirteen points. Tempers flared as the two teams flexed their muscles, resulting in a 50m penalty with Rory O’Brien the recipient, kicking a goal from the goal line.
The second quarter started like the first, with Chayse Martinson scoring a great goal on the run as the margin extended to a game high 28 points. Leigh Kohlmann then started to influence the contest, snapping his first goal of the day, which was quickly followed by a goal to Adam Hunter who mark the ball practically on the goal line. Ryan King would kick his third from a snap from the behind post, before Kohlmann struck again. Kohlmann would take a slips catch in the goal square, reducing the deficit to 18 points and the momentum had swung back to the Tigers.
In a dour third quarter, Sydney Stack kicked a goal for Carey Park as the margin moved to 29 points, before both teams kicked a goal a piece in the last, with the final margin 27 points.
Harley Sparks was instrumental in the early going when the match was there to be won, while Kelvin Lawrence and Jaxon Bell also got plenty of the ball. Jace Cormack and Kade Szyszka played well for the Tigers but for today at least they were no match for the Panthers. With other results, South Bunbury have dropped to third on the ladder at the expense of Busselton, with Carey Park joining both teams on eleven wins for the season.
Carey Park will head to Dunsborough next Sunday, while South Bunbury will host Busselton in another massive match.
Carey Park 5.2.32 8.4.52 9.6.60 10.10.70
South Bunbury 1.2.8 4.6.30 5.8.38 6.9.45
Goals: Carey Park – Ryan King 3, Kelvin Lawrence 3, Lachlan Emmott 1, Chayse Martinson 1, Rory O’Brien 1, Sydney Stack 1. South Bunbury – Leigh Kohlmann 4, Ben Horsman 1, Adam Hunter 1.
Best: Carey Park – Harley Sparks, Chayse Martinson, Jaxon Bell, Bill Brown, Kelvin Lawrence, Liam Stewart. South Bunbury – Jace Cormack, Rocco Versace, Kade Szyszka, Leigh Kohlmann, Jay Crossman, Jack Gallagher
Ground: Kelly Park
Umpires: Cameron Edmonds, Vance Burton, Braden Surrall