South Bunbury have retained the Women’s Grand Final Trophy after a hard fought win against Busselton in Sunday afternoons 2020 Women’s Grand Final, at Hands Memorial Oval.
The Tigers were the over-whelming favourites for the match having conceded just three goals in the Home and Away season, while Busselton were massive under-dogs, making their very first grand final.
The Magpies took it right up to the Tigers, who kicked the only goal in the first quarter and the Tigers kicked a further goal in the second to lead by 13 points at the main break, and it looked likely that the match was destined for a lop-sided scoreline. But the Busselton team, held strong and kicked a goal in the third, and started to look dangerous, and when they scored a further goal early in the last quarter, it took some solid defence from South Bunbury to hold tough in the last ten minutes to claim their second premiership. Busselton were far from disgraced in a good Grand Final, with South Bunbury’s winning score the second lowest in the short history of the Women’s competition, while Busselton’s score, while being the equal lowest losing score, also set by Harvey Bulls in the first ever Grand Final, it was the biggest score kicked against the Tigers for the season.
Kloe Bassett, fresh from winning the Nola Marino Medal on Friday night, was judged best on ground, taking the Optus Medal.
South Bunbury 1.0.6 2.2.14 3.3.21 3.6.24
Busselton 0.0.0 0.1.1 1.1.7 2.1.13
Goals: South Bunbury – Claudia Elware 1, Bethany Bond 1, Maddison Obal 1. Busselton – Rennie Meadmore 1, Beth Beckett.
Best: South Bunbury – Kloe Bassett, Megan Bain, Stephanie Jolly, Karyn Beeson, Maddison Obal, Kate Fielding. Busselton – Gillian Power, Joanna Fry, Angela Williamson, Beth Beckett, Taneika Handley, Emma Borinelli
Umpires: Cameron Edmonds, Andrew Fyfe, Bruce Cornish
Optus Medal: Kloe Bassett
Ground: Hands Memorial Oval
Crowd: 2000 Approx