Tigers Suffocate Another Challenger

South Bunbury have defeated Busselton at Hands Memorial Oval on Saturday afternoon, in round six of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL premiership season.

South Bunbury not for the first time this season have literally suffocated the opposition into submission, with Busselton joining Harvey Bulls in kicking 5.5.35 this season against the Tigers, while Collie Eagles managed 5.3.33 and Dunsborough 5.1.31.   Only Augusta Margaret River and Donnybrook have kicked more that five goals against South Bunbury, both kicking 6.5.41.

As highlighted, South Bunbury dominate second halves in matches in 2024, having kicked 41 goals in second halves, restricting their opponents to just ten.  That continued in Saturday’s contest, kicking eight goals to two.

The Tigers kicked with the aide of a handy breeze in the opening term, but did take a little while to get going, as Liam Creighton got plenty of early possessions and looked dangerous heading into attack.  But a Kevin Chitty goal at the thirteen minute mark, triggered a flurry of opening quarter goals, with Blaine Johnson kicking a long range goal as the margin extended to 18 points.    Beau Chinnery would take a strong contested mark to kick a handy goal into the breeze, but the Tigers answered almost immediately, going end to end with Aaron Jarvis on the end of a great chain of play to kick his first from the goal line.    The Magpies continued to attack late in the term, but were thwarted by Blake Piggott who took two very good defensive marks.

Jarvis extended the Tigers lead further at the commencement of the second term, before Beau Chinnery kick his and Busselton’s second goal to reduce the margin back to seventeen points.  Richard Bourne kicked a handy goal for the Tigers to extend the margin again, before Busselton started to gain some momentum and looked like clawing their way back into the contest.   A goal though to Kevin Chitty after the half time siren was deflating for the Magpies who trailed by 25 points at half time.

The second half was dominated by the Tigers, and when Blaine Johnson kicked his second at the ten minute mark of the third quarter, the margin was 39 points, and slowly but surely extended further until the final siren.

Captain, Kevin Chitty kicked four goals, while Bourne and Ethan Nordahl had plenty of possessions.  Lucas Kemp and Jozef Parkinson continue to play well for the Magpies, who will need to regroup before their battle with Donnybrook in Busselton next Saturday night.   South Bunbury will play Bunbury at Payne Park in one of the SWFL marquee matches next Sunday.

MATCH CENTRE

South Bunbury   4.2.26   7.4.46   11.9.75    15.13.103
Busselton              1.3.9     3.3.21    4.3.27      5.5.35

Goals:  South Bunbury – Kevin Chitty 4, Aaron Jarvis 3, Blaine Johnson 2, Ethan Nordahl 2, Mitchell Bain 1, Richard Bourne 1, Jack Gallagher 1, Blake Piggott 1.   Busselton – Beau Chinnery 3, Liam Creighton 1, Matt Welburn 1.
Best:  South BunburyRichard Bourne, Ethan Nordahl, Rocco Versace, Cole Sawyer, Jack Wright, Thomas Gallaway.  Busselton – Lucas Kemp, Jozef Parkinson, Brodie Howell, Damian Lee, Beau Chinnery, Mitchell Tenardi.
Ground:  Hands Memorial Oval
Umpires:  John Strano, Braden Surrall, Cameron Valenti
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 659

Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands