South Bunbury went back to the top of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership table after defeating Bunbury at Hands Oval on Saturday afternoon by 39 points.
Before a healthy crowd, it took more than ten minutes for the first goal to be score as both teams tried to assert their authority on the match with the Tigers kicking with a healthy breeze to the Northern End. Jordan Strahan kicked his first from 40m out in general play before receiving a free kick three minutes later, duly converting from 30m out. When Kade Wallrodt snapped a goal from 30 metres out the margin extended to 21 points.
Jak Watson kicked an early goal in the second quarter from deep in the right forward pockets at the Southern end to make the margin 28 points, before the Bulldogs opened their account with a goal to Hayden Yarran who took a great one on one mark 20 metres out. That goal was negated soon after by Bodhi Nordahl who played a great game before two late goals to the Bulldogs narrowed the margin to three goals at half time.
The third quarter was all one way traffic with the Tigers kicking seven goals, effectively icing the game. The Bulldogs continued to plug away in the last quarter, kicking four goals to one, which reduced the margin to 39 points, and put a dent in the percentage South Bunbury needed over Augusta Margaret River.
Jordan Strahan finished the home and away season with 59 goals, kicking four goals on the day, while Jay Crossman and Bodhi Nordahl were amongst the best for the Tigers. Jesse Gribble and Jeese Kirwen along with Dylan Heasman were Bunbury’s best, who will now face Augusta Margaret River next Sunday at Payne Park, while South Bunbury will watch on to see the result. Augusta Margaret River will need to win by between five and eight goals depending on the scoreline to earn top spot, with calculators at the ready for a thrilling finale to the season.
South Bunbury 3.4.22 5.7.37 12.13.85 13.15.93
Bunbury 0.0.0 3.1.19 4.2.26 8.6.54
Goals: South Bunbury – Jordan Strahan 4, Bodhi Nordahl 2, Jak Watson 2, Shaun Crane 1, Chris Atthowe 1, Ethan Nordahl 1, Hayden Krikke 1, Kade Wallrodt 1. Bunbury – Patrick Farrant 2, Jesse Gribble 2, Hamish Hall 1, Tobi Horton 1, Jordan McGinley 1, Hayden Yarran 1.
Best: South Bunbury – Jay Crossman, Bodhi Nordahl, Craig Hutcheson, Martin Thompson, Cole Sawyer. Bunbury – Jesse Gribble, Jesse Kirwen, Dylan Heasman, Patrick Farrant, Hamish Hall, Kane Bumann
Ground: Hands Oval
Umpires: Aaron Andrews, Damien O’Donoghue, Michael Hearne.