Tigers Upset Hawks To Claim Reserves Premiership

South Bunbury have won the Solahart South West Reserves Premiership from the Elimination Final, claiming Sunday’s Grand Final by nine points when they defeated Augusta Margaret River at Hands Oval.

In an even contest, the Hawks led by eight points at quarter time and by four points at half time, but a three goals to one third quarter put the Tigers in the box seat moving into the final quarter leading by eight points.  Both teams kicked three goals in the final term, and despite the Hawks doing all of the attacking in the final stages, the Tigers hung on to win by nine points.

Winning the Elimination final a month ago with practically the last kick of the day, the Tigers are now Reserves Premiers for the second time in six seasons after winning the 2017 Premiership.

Adam Hunter was the difference in attack, kicking five of the Tigers ten goals, while Reece Reynolds, Rhys Crawford and Hayden Krikke also played well, but the Don Punch trophy for the best player on the ground would go to Kurt Cadman who had a great game.

Kurt Cadman wins the Don Punch trophy as best on ground.

MATCH CENTRE

South Bunbury  2.0.12  4.1.25  7.3.45  10.4.64
Aug Marg River 3.2.20  4.5.29  5.7.37  8.7.55

Goals:  South Bunbury – Adam Hunter 5, Troy Bennell 3, Craig Whyte 2.  Augusta Margaret River – Cody Rodgers 2, Sam Berridge 1, Finn MacShane 1, Thomas McDonald 1, Henry Shawcross 1, Banjo Watkins 1.
Best:  South BunburyKurt Cadman, Hayden Krikke, Adam Hunter, Reece Reynolds, Riley Westra, Rhys Crawford.  Augusta Margaret River – David Hill, Egan MacShane, Samuel Berridge, Areef Walker, Ben Strickland, Kurt Thompson.
Ground:  Hands Oval
Umpires:  Damien O’Donoghue, Greg Rolfe, Michael Hearne.  Emg:  Matthew Stewart
Reports: Nil
Crowd:  2800 Approx

It was a close contest in the Reserves Grand Final, but the Tigers were the victors. Photo – Wayne Hislop