Tigers Suffocate Dons In Second Half

South Bunbury have defeated Donnybrook in a high quality match at VC Mitchell Park on Saturday afternoon, with the Tigers winning by 21 points in round nine of the Dale Alcock Homes South West Premiership season.

It took South Bunbury and Leigh Kohlmann just three minutes to kick the opening goal, and three minutes later Shaun Crane converted to give the Tigers an early lead.  Jeff Smith would kick the first for the Dons from deep in the scoreboard pocket, before taking a pack mark right in front of goals to give Donnybrook the lead for the first time.   Ben Horsman gave the visitors back the lead after receiving a push in the back, and when prolific Reserves goal kicker Morgan Lane took a strong one on one mark, the Tigers were ten points in front.

Sam Bevan kicked two quick goals at the start of the second quarter, including a great running goal through the centre of the ground to give the Dons back the lead.  Craig Hutcheson was on the end of a great chain of kicks and handballs from full back to wrestle the lead back for the Tigers.  That lead was short lived as Jeff Smith took a strong one on one mark to kick his third and put the Dons three points in front.  Leigh Kohlmann converted from a 50m penalty giving the Tigers back the lead, but when Jeff Smith kicked his fourth from a free kick, the lead was back with Donnybrook – the seventh lead change of the match.

Jeff Smith kicked four goals for the Dons. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop.

Tyson McWilliam extended the lead after half time, with the Dons leading by nine points and seemingly with the upper hand.  Morgan Lane would kick his second on the run to claw the margin back before Kai Luzi converted a 50m penalty at the seven minute mark of the third term, with the Dons again up by nine points.  From this point on a transformation came over the game, with South Bunbury kicking the next six goals either side of three quarter time, with the Dons going 33 minutes without a score.  The Tigers would lead by as much as 28 points midway through the final term before a couple of late goals narrowed the margin to 21 points.

Shaun Crane played a great game for the Tigers, and despite still being amongst the best for the Dons, Ben Howletts influence was curtailed by Kevin Chitty.

The win now puts both teams on six wins and two losses, two games behind Busselton, and a win ahead of Carey Park who lost to Eaton Boomers in the other match played on Saturday.

Match Centre
South Bunbury  4.1.25  6.2.38  11.4.70  14.4.88
Donnybrook  2.3.15  6.5.41  8.5.53  10.7.67

Goals:  South Bunbury – Shaun Crane 3, Leigh Kohlmann 3, Ben Horsman 2, Craig Hutcheson 2, Morgan Lane 2.  Donnybrook – Jeff Smith 4, Sam Bevan 2, Hamish Hutton 1, Jacob Kendle 1, Kai Luzi 1, Tyson McWilliam 1.
Best:  South BunburyShaun Crane, Ben Horsman, Kevin Chitty, Rocco Versace, Leigh Kohlmann, Martin Thompson.  Donnybrook – Ben Howlett, Todd Gregory, Jeffrey Smith, Tyson McWilliam, Clay Jackson, Nathan McCosker.
Ground: VC Mitchell Park
Umpires: Aaron Andrews, Henry King, Cameron Valenti
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  568