Sharks Bitten In Opener By Rampant Dons

Donnybrook spoilt the Dunsborough Sharks party, as the fledgling team entered the competition in their round two clash of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership season.

The Dons winning margin of 100 points, does not do justice to the game or the endeavour of the Sharks, who showed plenty before a healthy crowd of 906 at the Dunsborough Playing Fields on Sunday afternoon in warm conditions.

The other talking point was Jeff Smith who was in amazing form, kicking ten goals in an outstanding exhibition of forward play.

It took ten minutes for the opening goal, as the Sharks made life difficult for the Dons, but once they kicked their first, four more followed in a seven minute period, which saw the visitors open up a five goal advantage.  Zac Trigwell, for the second time in two weeks, took a huge pack mark to open the goal fest. One of the goals of the day came from a passage on the outer win, with Trigwell kicking to Smith, who kicked with precision to Shane Cristaldi, who duly converted on the run.

Smith kicked two goals in the first quarter and within a minute of the second quarter, he had his third.  A minute later, the biggest cheer of the day came when Shayne Zanetti kicked the first ever goal for Dunsborough from the goal line, and when Chris White goaled after taking an excellent mark, the Sharks were back within four goals.  Jeff Smith snuffed out any chance of an upset win, when he kicked two more goals for the term in six minutes to extend the margin to seven goals, before Mack Candy goaled.  A late goal to Nic Reid after a freak bounce saw the ball bounce back into play when it appeared it would bounce out of bounds, giving the home team a four goal quarter, and plenty of positives.

After half time, the Dons kicked twelve goals, including nine in the final term, which saw plenty of players hobble to the boundary with cramp in warm conditions.  Jeff Smith kicked his tenth in a great individual display before sitting on the bench for the final five minutes of the match.  It was Smith’s largest goal kicking haul of his 232 games career, eclipsing his tally of six last season.  Cody Miller kicked just his 13th goal in his 267 game career after the final siren to make the margin an even 100 points.

Donnybrook’s win has them on top of the table, one of four teams who have won both of their matches in the opening two rounds.  The Dons have a two week break having the bye after the Easter Weekend, and will next play Busselton in round four, who will also be the opponents of Dunsborough in round three.

Inaugural Dunsborough League Team

Daniel Wiseman, Coach of Dunsborough was happy with the performance, and the endeavour shown, while opposing coach Shane Bolton complimented Dunsborough on how competitive they were, and admitted they will challenge several teams this season.

MATCH CENTRE

Donnybrook  5.1.31  11.3.69  14.5.89  23.8.146
Dunsborough  0.1.1  4.3.27  6.4.40  7.4.46

Goals:  Donnybrook – Jeff Smith 10, Zac Trigwell 4, Shane Cristaldi 2, Sean Lynch 2, Sam Perkusich 2, Ben Frazer 1, Ben Howlett 1, Cody Miller 1.  Dunsborough – Chris White 2, Mack Candy 1, Daniel Martins 1, Max Paterson 1, Nicolas Reid 1, Shayne Zanetti 1.
Best:  DonnybrookJeffrey Smith, Luke Dale, Sam Perkusich, Todd Gregory, Ben Howlett, Kai Luzi.  Dunsborough – Daniel Martins, Chris White, Max Paterson, Pat McGinnity, Hunter Hall, Daniel Atkinson
Ground: Dunsborough Playing Fields
Umpires:  Scott Jones, Ben Whitehill, Kevin Hutchins
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 906 (Dunsborough Record)