Round One Wrap

Three of last years finalists find themselves in the bottom half of the ladder after the opening round of the season, with Collie Eagles, Eaton Boomers and Grand Finalists Busselton, all on the wrong end of results on Saturday.

In the early match, Augusta Margaret River and Collie Eagles stages a first quarter shootout, kicking ten first quarter goals, with the home team up by four points at half time.  The goals dried up in the second half, with the Hawks kicking five goals to two, to down the Eagles by 23 points, who haven’t defeated the Green and Golds since 24 June 2018.

Bunbury overcame a slow start against Eaton Boomers to record a comfortable victory by 34 points at PC Payne Park.  The Ground has not been a happy hunting ground for the Boomers, having one just once in the last six years at the venue.

Donnybrook ‘The Dons’

Donnybrook and South Bunbury played out a slow scoring thriller at VC Mitchell Park, with the two teams separated by two goals or less all day.  That was made easier by the fact they could amass just thirteen goals between them on a perfect day for football.  The quarter time margin of six points was also the full time margin, with the home team to face fellow victors Bunbury in round two, while the Tigers will play in a stand-alone Sunday fixture against Busselton.

The Bulls defeated the Panthers by 16 points (see separate article for full details), while Harvey Brunswick Leschenault came back from a 38 point quarter time

HBL Lions

deficit to defeat Busselton.  The Lions were kept scoreless in the opening quarter, before keeping Busselton to a point in the second quarter, while kicking five goals of their own to reduce the margin to three points at the main break.   A five goal to three third quarter gave the visitors a 10 point advantage at the final change, and with both teams kick four majors a piece in the final quarter, the Lions recorded a great opening round win.  Aiden Fraser continued his great form from the pre-season booting five goals for the Magpies, while Taine Williams kicked a round equaling six goals for the Lions.

The Magpies will travel to Hands Oval on Sunday, while the Lions will host the Hawks in what promises to be a great match on Saturday.