Carey Parks dream run to start the season, which included wins against Bunbury and Augusta Margaret River, has come to a crushing end, when South Bunbury defeated the Panthers by 40 points at Hands Oval on Sunday afternoon in round five of the SWFL season.
Going into the match Leigh Kohlmann was the key forward the Panthers had to stop, having come off a an eight goal haul against Dunsborough. Kohlmann single handedly took it to Carey Park, kicking seven of the Tigers ten goals in a clinical display.
The match was three minutes old when Kohlmann kicked his first from 45m out. Jack DiLallo answered soon after and the early signs were that match would be a close contest. Kade Wallrodt snapped the Tigers second goal from 40m on the run, before Kohlmann kicked his second, in the same spot he kicked his first. He would kick is third for the quarter on the stroke of quarter time, giving the home team a 22 point lead.
In perfect weather, neither team kicked a goal in the second term as the match tightened up, with the two teams managing nine behinds between them.
Cameron Baker kicked a goal from the goal square to narrow the margin to 15 points, but Kohlmann kicked his fourth two minutes later. The pressure intensified as the Panthers tried to life, leading to plenty of push and shove on the boundary line. When Kohlmann kicked his fifth the resistance was broken the Tigers would go on to record a comfortable win in front of a good crowd.
The win puts South Bunbury into second place at the expense of Carey Park who drop to third. The Tigers have the bye in round six, while Carey Park will travel to Donnybrook in what shapes as a massive match with both teams on three wins. Only Busselton remains undefeated, with the Magpies being South Bunbury’s next opponent in round seven.
South Bunbury 4.4.28 4.8.32 7.10.52 10.10.70
Carey Park 1.0.6 1.5.11 2.5.17 3.12.30
Goals: South Bunbury – Leigh Kohlmann 7, Kade Wallrodt 2, Kade Szyszka 1. Carey Park – Cameron Baker 1, Jack DiLallo 1, Kelvin Lawrence 1.
Best: South Bunbury – Jack Wright, Martin Thompson, Connor Valli, Shaun Crane. Carey Park – Jacob Orsi, Harley Sparks, Liam Stewart, Zane Verhaaf, Connor Gadecki, Manasseh Milham
Ground: Hands Memorial Oval
Umpires: Vance Burton, Braden Surrall, Daniel Ebert
Reports: Coen Bradshaw (CP) reported by Goal Umpire Jason Morrow for striking