The Harvey Bulls have kept their unblemished record of Elimination Final victories in tact, when they defeated Busselton at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Saturday afternoon before 1073 fans.
In a very tight first quarter, Busselton dominated possession but were only able to manage five behinds, with Matthew Wilson kicking the only goal of the quarter, snapping truly at the seven minute mark.
The second quarter was played in two halves, with Harvey Bulls kicking four consecutive goals, with Eli Smith kicking the first before Brad Holmes took a huge pack mark, followed by a Michael Bennell goal and then Holmes kicked another, which had the Bulls up by 27 points at the ten minute mark.
With alarm bells ringing, Busselton found a way to get back into the contest with Mitch Howlett converting from deep in the pocket, before Liam Creighton did the same thing. Dylan Patterson snapped a good goal to reduce the margin further, and when Creighton marked in the goal square and kicked his second, the margin was back to three points.
The third quarter was an arm wrestle, with Creighton kicking his third at the four minute mark to put the Magpies in front. Creighton goaled again and the alarm bells were now ringing at Harvey, with Busselton kicking six consecutive goals either side of half time. Tyson Powell kicked a good goal late in the quarter to reduce the margin to one point. A week previous the three quarter time score was 6.3.39 a piece, while today it was 41-40, setting the scene for another grand stand finish.
The final quarter was all the Bulls kicking five goals to one, to record a twenty one point win, and their fourth Elimination Final win from as many matches. The Bulls will now play the loser of tomorrow’s Bunbury derby next Sunday.
Harvey Bulls 1.2.8 5.2.32 6.4.40 11.4.70
Busselton 0.5.5 4.5.29 6.5.41 7.7.49
Goals: Harvey Bulls – Brad Holmes 3, Tyson Powell 3, Michael Bennell 2, Eli Smith 2, Matthew Wilson 1. Busselton – Liam Creighton 4, Blake Cann 1, Mitchell Howlett 1, Dylan Patterson.
Best: Harvey Bulls – Thomas Wood, Andrew Haydon, Eli Smith, Kyle Humphries, Tyson Powell, Harley Bennell. Busselton – Jason Fish, Mitchell Tenardi, Bailey Sanford, Liam Creighton, Nathan Arbon, Jake Dugan
Ground: Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Umpires: Damien O’Donoghue, Aaron Andrews, Michael Hearne