Tigers In Great Escape

South Bunbury have overcome a 29 point half time deficit to defeat Harvey Bulls at Harvey Oval by three points, in a thrilling final match of Round 16, in the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership season.

The match was played in bright sunshine opposed to Saturdays horrendous weather, but the ground although beautiful and green, was holding much water.

South Bunbury started much the better opening the scoring in the second minute when Jace Cormack ran into an open goal, and when Ethan Nordahl received a free kick and converted from 40m out, the Tigers led by 12 points.  Cormack kicked a great running goal at the seven minute mark to extend the margin to three goals, and the signs didn’t look good for the home team.

Brad Holmes won a great one on one contest to put the Bulls on the board before snapping his second at the eleven minute mark, to reduce the margin to five points.

Michael Bennell then went on a goal scoring spree either side of quarter time, kicking goals at the sixteen and 24 minute marks of the first quarter to have the Bulls in front by eight points.  Then at the four minute mark of the second quarter from deep in the pocket he goaled again, followed by a snap a minute later, and then at the fourteen minute mark he snapped his fifth, in a matter of 23 minutes.

Lloyd Beever was outstanding for the Bulls getting multiple possessions, setting up many forward entries.

The Tigers trailed by 29 points at half time and didn’t look like scoring, let alone winning, but after the break, it was all the Tigers who erased the deficit quickly.  Rhys Crawford goaled in time on to reduce the margin to five points and when Hayden Krikke received a holding free kick in the goal square, remarkably the Tigers were in front.  Aaron Jovanovic kicked a great goal after the three quarter time siren to put the home team back in front from deep in the pocket.

The Bulls didn’t score in the final term however they were in the match until the dying seconds, as there was just the one goal kicked in the final term. The ball would go from end to end for the final twelve minutes of the match, with neither team able to land the knock out blow.

The win for the Tigers keeps them on top of the ladder (just), while Harvey Bulls will now face Donnybrook in a virtual elimination final on Sunday in a match they simply must win if they are to play finals in 2022.

MATCH CENTRE

South Bunbury  3.2.20  3.2.20  8.3.51  9.5.59
Eaton Boomers  4.3.27  7.7.49  8.8.56  8.8.56

Goals:  South Bunbury – Ethan Nordahl 4, Jace Cormack 2, Hayden Krikke 1, Kevin Chitty 1, Rhys Crawford 1.  Harvey Bulls – Michael Bennell 5, Brad Holmes 2, Aaron Jovanovic 1.
Best:  South BunburyHayden Krikke, Cole Sawyer, Martin Thompson, Craig Hutcheson.  Harvey Bulls – Harley Bennell, Lloyd Beever, Callan Eddy, Dylan Marino, Michael Bennell.
Ground:  Harvey Oval
Umpires:  Greg Rolfe, Matt Stewart, Braden Surrall
Reports: Nil
Crowd:  477

Lloyd Beever continued his great form, winning the Think Mental Health Ball on Sunday, pictured with Field Umpire Matthew Stewart.