Tigers Survive Another Thriller

South Bunbury have won another thriller, defeating Eaton Boomers by four points on Saturday afternoon at Hands Oval, after beating Harvey Bulls last Sunday by three points.

The Boomers kicked with a very handy breeze in the opening quarter with Tanner Allen snapping truly to put the first goal on the board. The Boomers attacked continuously but couldn’t find the major opening, which also included two posters before Roy George kicked the visitors second goal at the eleven minute mark.  When Allen kicked the Boomers third goal it was 3.8.26 to the Tigers no score.  Ethan Nordahl snapped the Tigers opening goal before Joel Houghton immediately replied at the opposite end with the Boomers leading by 26 points at the opening break.

Jordan Strahan took less than a minute in the second quarter to reduce the deficit, and when a defensive blunder occurred right in front of goal, Ethan Nordahl swooped and goaled to narrow the margin to 13 points.  Brandon Jetta gave the Boomers some breathing space at the mid point of the second quarter before the Tigers got on a roll kicking five goals in ten minutes, which would see the home team up by eleven points at half time.

The second half was more of an arm wrestle, with Jono Humphries and Brandon Jetta kicking a goal each with had scores level at the final change.

South Bunbury opened the final term with two behinds, before Brandon Jetta stepped around two players to put the Boomers back in front.  Ethan Nordahl kicked the final goal of the match at the eight minute mark of the final quarter, before a tense final 14 minutes with the ball going from one end to the other, with neither team able to land the knock out blow.

Cole Sawyer and Jay Wright had plenty of possessions and Ethan Nordahl made the most of his opportunities up forward kicking three goals.  Brandon Jetta kicked three goals for the Boomers with a couple of pieces of individual brilliance but inaccuracy in front of goals early proved costly in the end result.

South Bunbury’s percentage dropped below that of Augusta Margaret River’s after today’s result and should the Hawks win tomorrow, they will go back on top of the ladder.  The Boomers slim chances of making the finals now hinge with Harvey Bulls beating Donnybrook at VC Mitchell Park tomorrow.  If the Dons are successful it will be very hard to see Eaton making the final five come September.

South Bunbury  1.1.7  8.2.50  8.4.52  9.8.62
Eaton Boomers  4.9.33  5.9.39  7.10.52  8.10.58

Goals:  South Bunbury –  Ethan Nordahl 3, Jordan Strahan 2, Jace Cormack 1, Shaun Crane 1, Hayden Krikke 1, Jesse Crichton 1. Eaton Boomers – Brandon Jetta 3, Tanner Allen 2, Jono Humphries 1, Joel Houghton 1, Roy George 1.
Best:  South BunburyCole Sawyer, Jay Wright, Ben Horsman, Jay Crossman, Blake Piggott.  Eaton BoomersJacob Dragovich, Joel Houghton, Thomas Shanahan, Mitchell Kings, Cameron Twigg, Jack Wharton
Ground:  Hands Memorial Oval
Umpires:  Vance Burton, Kevin Hutchins, Damien O’Donoghue
Reports:  Julian Burgess (South Bunbury Coach) reported by Field Umpire Vance Burton for using abusive or obscene language towards or in relation to an umpire.  Julian Burgess (South Bunbury Coach) reported by Field Umpire Vance Burton for engaging in any other act of misconduct.  Darren Rigby (Eaton Boomers Coach) reported by Field Umpire Vance Burton for engaging in any other act of misconduct.
Crowd:  591

Martin Thompson was chaired off the ground after playing his 150th match. He did kick the final score of the match. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop.