Tronox Women’s Competition Starts With Some Surprises

The opening round of the Tronox Women’s competition saw two teams flex their muscles, while two other matches had surprise results in round one of the South West Football League.

Last years grand finalists, Busselton, were ruthless in their win over Carey Park.   Katisha Barrett, who kicked 24 goals last season, started with five goals in season 8 of the Women’s competition, as the Magpies booted eight goals to half time.  The home side continued the domination in the second half, doubling their half time score, and kept the Panthers scoreless.  Dianna Evans and Gemma Wharton played great games for the black and whites, while Ebony Buck and Ruby Goddard played well for Carey Park in what was a tough day.

In the other Saturday fixture, Harvey Bulls showed no mercy on the Lions, keeping the visitors to two behinds for the match.   The Bulls were inaccurate in front of goals, converting just six of their fifteen scoring shots, with the Bulls setting up the win in the opening quarter, kicking four goals.  The Lions played well after quarter time, keeping the home side to just two goals in the final three quarters.  Rachel Wright, Harmony Staszewski-Hose and Trinity Brown all played well, while Latisha Hough toiled hard all day for the Lions.

Photo courtesy of Faye Golding

On Sunday, Collie Eagles and Eaton faced off in a low scoring affair, with any score at a premium.   Collie kicked 1.1.7 in the opening term and remained on that score until almost the end of the match.  Latarah Little kicked Eatons only goal in the second quarter, which put the Boomers in front.  The longer the match went it was evident a goal either way would clinch victory, with Laura Crowe kicking a long range goal with two minutes to play to give the Eagles just their sixth ever win, in what turned out to be a thrilling finish.

At Dunsborough, the home side defeated South Bunbury.  The result may not have been a surprise, however the margin was, with Dunsborough flying out of the blocks, kicking four goals in the opening term to set up the victory and in the process kicked their highest ever score of 7.8.50.  Last season the fledgling side kicked a total of 153 points for the season, as they downed the Tigers by 42 points.   Claudia Duane was a stand-out, kicking five goals for the Sharks, while Amalee Martin and Yana Guretti were the Tigers best.

Busselton will face Bunbury in a grand final rematch this Sunday, while Carey Park will be at home against the Bulls in another tough match for the young Panthers.  In other matches, Collie Eagles will play Harvey Brunswick Leschenault in what promises to be a good match, while Dunsborough will travel to Glen Huon to take on Eaton.

Picture: Jon Gellweiler