Carey Park have cemented their spot in the top five with a convincing 54 point win over Harvey Brunswick Leschenault at a cold Kelly Park on Saturday afternoon, in round thirteen of the SWFL.
The match was won in the first half with the Panthers kicking with the aide of a handy wind to the Northern end of Kelly Park. After an initial period where neither team could score, Kelvin Lawrence pounced on a ground ball to open the scoring. Ryan King converted a set shot from deep in the pocket to kick the Panthers second and when Simon Homsany scored at the eighteen minute mark the margin was 23 points. Jarrod Humphries kicked an amazing goal on the run, running away from the goals to open the scoring for the Lions, but it would be their only goal of the quarter. Harley Sparks was on the end of a chain of handballs to kick the fifth goal for the home team, who went to the quarter time break leading by 27 points.
Ryan King would open the scoring in the second quarter and the danger signs were evident for the Lions. Josh Tartaglia pegged one back against the run of play from deep in the pocket, but further goals to King, Lawrence and Jack DiLallo extended the margin to 45 points mid way through the second quarter.
The second half would see the Panther take a strangle hold on the match, but to the Lions credit they did slow the scoring rate, with the Panthers kicking five goals to two in the second half with Kelvin Lawrence kicking an excellent goal in the third, while Ryan King capped off a good day, kicking his sixth near full time. Zac Piper kicked a belated goal for the Lions, as the rain fell in the closing minutes with Carey Park winning by an even nine goals.
Harley Sparks again played well for the home team, and King and Lawrence kicked ten goals up forward in an impressive display.
The win puts Carey Park six points clear on Bunbury who are fifth on the ladder.
Carey Park 5.4.34 9.6.60 12.11.83 14.12.96
Harv Bruns Lesch 1.1.7 3.3.21 3.7.25 5.12.42
Goals: Carey Park – Ryan King 6, Kelvin Lawrence 4, Bill Brown 1, Jack DiLallo 1, Simon Homsany 1, Harley Sparks 1. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Zac Piper 2, Pierce Ferguson 1, Jarrod Humphries 1, Josh Tartaglia 1.
Best: Carey Park – Ryan King, Kelvin Lawrence, Bill Brown, Cameron Baker, Jack DiLallo, Scott Price. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Luke Bennett, Shaun Norman, Matthew Fenwick, Andrew Walsh, Blake Soulos, Jarrod Humphries.
Ground: Kelly Park
Umpires: Ben Whitehill, Henry King