The Dale Alcock Homes South West, South West Football League season was turned on its head in round six, with four of the five victors being the lower ranked team going into the contest, and not many gave Busselton a chance of defeating Harvey Brunswick Leschenault at Brunswick Oval in a match which came down to the dying minutes.
The League competition has now had ten matches decided by eight points or less, with the second one point result of the season when Busselton defeated the Lions, while bottom placed South Bunbury kicked the highest score of the season, when they kicked 16.20.116 against the Bulls, who have now gone to the bottom of the ladder.
On Saturday, after an even first quarter, Carey Park kicked four unanswered goals in the second quarter which ultimately was the difference, with the final margin 18 points. The Panthers had plenty of avenue to goal, with eight goal kickers in their tally of eleven, while the Hawks will rue missed opportunities, with an inaccurate 7.14.56. William Brown and Ryan Maldenis were amongst the best for the home team, with Jack McMahon a solid contributor for the Hawks. Carey Park will now face Collie Eagles again at home in the Indigenous Reconciliation Game, while Augusta Margaret River will venture to Glen Huon Reserve to take on the Eaton Boomers.
Meanwhile, at Glen Huon, Eaton started slowly with Donnybrook playing well in the first quarter to lead by nine points at the first break,
however, they managed just two goals for the remainder of the game. The last quarter was one to forget with both teams kicking two behinds each as the Boomers recorded a good win by 21 points. Eaton remain seventh, but are on equal points with the Hawks and the Dons with three rounds remaining. The Boomers will play the Hawks on Saturday in a mini final with the winner taking a big step to staying in the race for the finals while the loser, will find it difficult. A draw will keep it interesting!
In the late match on Saturday, second placed Busselton traveled to Brunswick Oval to take on the Lions, who were coming off a loss to Bunbury in round five, and it was fully expected they would show no mercy on the Magpies. It proved that way in the first quarter, as the home team kicked the only three goals of the opening term, and still led at half time by 13 points. The Lions knew they had a struggle on their hands when the black and whites fought back in the third, kicking three unanswered goals of their own to hit the front by three points. In a great last quarter, both teams kicked two goals apiece, with both teams having chances to win at the death, with the Maggies getting home by a point, the second one point margin of the season. Brett Hill (HBL) kicked three goals and has a commanding lead in the goal kicking competition, while Zac Pethybridge was the best for Busselton. Busselton will now face Bunbury in Busselton on Sunday in the top of the table clash, while the Lions will take on the Bulls in Harvey.
On Sunday, the Bulls traveled to Hands Oval to take on South Bunbury, with neither team having won a game, with the loser most likely to obtain the wooden
spoon. The Tigers started extremely well, kicking three very quick goals before the Bulls fought back into the breeze, but South would kick to more goals to end the quarter 14 points in front. From there it was one way traffic, with the home team up by 29 points at half time, 39 points at the final change, before comprehensively winning by 63 points, kicking the highest score of the season in the process. Ethan Nordahl and Damon Bull both kicked four goals each for the Tigers.
In the final game of the round, the Collie Eagles caused a major suprise, defeating the previously unbeaten Bunbury in one of the games of the season. Collie held a one point lead at quarter time, while scores were dead level at half time. The Eagles kicked four goals to two in the third quarter to take a game high 13 point lead into the final break. But Bunbury aren’t on top of the table by accident, and they fought back in the final term, kicking the only two goals of the quarter. The Eagles kicked five behinds, any one of which would have potentially put the game out of reach. Hayden Yarran kicked three goals for the winners, while Paul Rinder continued his great form with a best on ground performance. Jett Rigby kicked two goals for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs remain on the top of the ladder, and will head to Busselton for another top of the table clash, while Collie will play Carey Park in Kelly Park in the Indigenous Reconciliation Game.