Tigers Win Tight Contest

It was a top five clash, with ramifications for both teams based on the result, with South Bunbury defeating Donnybrook in the Dr Ern Manea Cup by 21 points at Hands Oval on Sunday.

A Donnybrook victory would give the Dons an opportunity to host a Qualifying Final, while a South Bunbury loss could of potentially seen the Tigers drop to fifth at the end of the home and away season, so the stakes were high when the two teams met under overcast skies.

The game provided some great match ups, with Jace Cormack playing on Chris Atthowe and Kevin Chitty lining up on Ben Howlett at the opening bounce.

A defensive error in the backline gifted Donnybrook their opening goal before Adam Hunter replied with a set shot in the pocket.  Hunter kicked his second from close range which saw several players wrapped around the goal post which somehow didn’t snap.  Sam Perkusich kicked a long range goal to narrow the margin to a point, as the match was tight and fierce and scoring dried up,

Jacob Kendle put the Dons back in front at the start of the second term with a ball the just passed the scoring line, before Leigh Kohlmann kicked the first of his two goals for the day to put the Tigers back in front.  It would be the last lead change of the day, with the Tigers kicking two goals in three minutes via Kade Syzszka and Kohlmann to extend the margin to sixteen points.  The rain started to fall and with the lights on, the ground and ball became greasy, with plenty of packs around the ball.  A late goal from Chris Atthowe from long range reduced the margin to nine points at half time.

Bodhi Nordahl ran into an open goal at the start of the third term, and when Ethan Nordahl converted a set shot from a defensive error, the margin was a game high twenty two points.

The margin extended to twenty four points early in the fourth, a margin the Dons were not able to come back from.

The Tigers will now play Bunbury in another massive match in round twenty one, while Donnybrook will travel to Collie to take on the Eagles.

MATCH CENTRE
South Bunbury 2.3.15  5.4.34  7.4.46  9.8.65
Donnybrook  2.0.12  4.1.25  4.4.28  6.5.41

Goals:  South Bunbury – Adam Hunter 2, Leigh Kohlmann 2, Bodhi Nordahl 2, Ethan Nordahl 1, Kade Szyszka 1, Kade Wallrodt 1.  Donnybrook – Jacob Kendle 2, Nathan McCosker 2, Chris Atthowe 1, Sam Perkusich 1.
Best:  South BunburyBodhi Nordahl, Ethan Nordahl, Jay Crossman, Cole Sawyer, Jesse Crichton, Lachlan Princi.  Donnybrook – Nathan McCosker, Jacob Kendle, Clayton Giblett, Archer Coates, Kai Luzi, Chris Atthowe.
Ground:  Hands Oval
Umpires:  Aaron Andrews, Michael Hearne, Scott Jones
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 745

All photos courtesy of Wayne Hislop