South Bunbury have started the 2021 Dale Alcock Homes South West, South West Football League season in extraordinary fashion, losing their opening round match against Donnybrook by six points, before coming back from the dead to defeat Busselton by a point in round two, then playing a thrilling draw in round four, and tonight have won a great match by a point over Carey Park at Kelly Park.
After leading by 26 points at half time, courtesy of a five goals to one second quarter, the Panthers fought back in the third quarter kicking four goals to one, leaving the Tigers in front by 8 points at the final change.
The Panthers would kick the opening goal of the final term to level the scores, after which time the final six goals were goal for goal, with both teams leading at certain points of a pulsating final term, with scores also level twice. In a frantic final minute the ball would be stationed in the Panthers forward zone, but the Tigers defence held strong.
The Tigers become the first team in history to be on top of the ladder during round four, with a percentage less that 100% in what is turning out to be a very close season, with six teams now on 8 points behind the Tigers who temporarily sit a-top the ladder, with three matches to be played tomorrow.
South Bunbury 2.3-15 7.4-46 8.6-54 11.8-74
Carey Park 2.2-14 3.2-20 7.4-46 11.7-73
Goals: South Bunbury – Ethan Nordahl 2, Ben Horsman 2, Jordan Strahan 2, Cody Nelson 2, Kade Szyszka, Joshua Padlie, Timothy Sutherland. Carey Park – Riese Wilkey 3, Rory O”Brien, Jaxon Bell, Jordan Yarran, Connor Gadecki, Les Wallam, Ethan Maguire, Jeffrey Carter, Jye Graham
Best: South Bunbury – Kevin Chitty, Ben Horsman, Jordan Strahan, Ethan Nordahl, Thomas Gorter, Milan Kokir. Carey Park – Viv Blurton, Eamon Gilbert, Aaron Holmes, Jye Graham, Riese Wilkey, Lachlan Emmott
Ground: Kelly Park
Umpires: Vance Burton, Matthew Stewart