Dunsborough and Bunbury have played out a thrilling draw at the Dunsborough Playing Fields on Sunday afternoon, in round six of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership season.
Dunsborough started the better of the two teams, leading by seven points at the end of the first term in which seven goals were scored. Dunsborough were able to extend the margin to eleven points at half time, in a quarter that was tight and tough, as the Bulldogs kicked five behinds.
The Bulldogs waywardness in the second quarter could have been costly, but the forwards kicked three straight in the third term, including two late goals, narrowing the margin to six points.
Dunsborough had led the entire match, but lost the lead at the start of the fourth quarter. In what turned out to be a thrilling last quarter, almost every score in the last term, changed the lead, with Dunsborough either leading by five points, or Bunbury by one. In a dramatic and pulsating last few minutes there was no score in the final three minutes, with scores locked at 69 a piece.
Nic Reid continued his good goal kicking form kicking four goals, as did Cameron Dean. The Sharks had just four goal scorers, opposed to Bunbury who had seven. Mack Candy, Daniel Atkinson, and Jake Green were amongst the best for the Sharks, while Jethro Barraclough and Jesse Gribble had plenty of possessions for Bunbury.
As a result of the match, Bunbury remain seventh on the ladder and face Eaton at Glen Huon Reserve next Sunday. Dunsborough will venture to Kelly Park to take on Carey Park. Dunsborough did create some history on the day, the quickest team in the history of the SWFL to be involved in a draw, in just their fifth game, while for Bunbury it was their 13th draw in 1170 qualifying matches.
Dunsborough 4.4.28 5.7.37 7.8.50 10.9.69
Bunbury 3.3.21 3.8.26 6.8.44 10.9.69
Goals: Dunsborough – Cameron Dean 4, Nic Reid 4, Mick Sherry 1, Chris White 1. Bunbury – Jethro Barraclough 2, Joel Houghton 2, Peter Woods 2, Jesse Gribble 1, Caysen Parsons 1, Tyson Wood 1, Jett Woods 1.
Best: Dunsborough – Mack Candy, Nicolas Reid, Daniel Atkinson, Cameron Dean, Daniel Martins, Jake Green. Bunbury – Jethro Barraclough, Jesse Gribble, Jaymin King, Dylan Heasman, Joel Houghton, Trae Field.
Ground: Dunsborough Playing Fields
Umpires: Scott Jones, Braden Surrall, Ben Whitehill