Seven games in the 2020, Dale Alcock Homes South West Football League, League competition, have been won by 8 points or less, with two more games going right to the wire across round three.
Round One saw margins of three, seven and eight points, while round two produced two, two point margins. Round Three saw Collie Eagles hold on by a point, the closest margin so far, while Augusta Margaret River won by seven points.
There was absolutely no highlights in the Collie Eagles, Donnybrook encounter in the first three quarters at the Collie Recreation Ground on Sunday. In a dour struggle which had in excess of 80 balls ups, the ball went from one pack to another continuously, with neither team able to find any fluency in their play. The Eagles kicked three goals in the opening quarter to lead by seventeen points at the first break. The margin was still sixteen points at half time, and the game appeared over at three quarter time, when the Dons still only had one goal, with the home team four goals in front. The Dons then found a spark, seemingly from nowhere and with in two minutes had kicked three goals in the final term to cut the margin to six points. Five minutes later, scores were level, setting up a tense final ten minutes. A 50m penalty put the Eagles within 20 metres of goal in the dying stages, but the set shot missed giving Donnybrook another chance to snatch victory. The ball would travel up and back several times with neither team able to score, as the siren sounded in a thrilling finish. Mathew Michael was the only player to kick more than one goal, with just ten goals
kicked for the match, and not one goal kicked to the Northern end in the second half.
Not for the first time this season, Harvey Bulls started slowly at Gloucester Park on Saturday, when they took on Augusta Margaret River. Both teams went into the contest without a victory, with the Bulls losing by seven points in round one and two points in round two. The Hawks kicked the first four goals of the game, and seemed in complete control, but the Bulls fought back, and had the lead at half time by seven points. At three quarter time, scores were level, and with so much at stake, with both teams yet to record a win, the final term promised plenty, with the Hawks winning by seven points. Harry Taylor kicked three goals for the home team, who this week play at home again when they take on Donnybrook, while Harvey Bulls will take on bottom of the ladder, Carey Park.
Carey Park travelled to Busselton on Saturday to take on the Magpies and at half time, were just 21 points behind in a free flowing contest at Sir
Stewart Bovell Park. But after the half time break and under lights, the Panthers managed just one goal, and were lucky that Busselton were very inaccurate, otherwise the margin of 73 points could have been much worse. Regan Mrsich, Jed Kemp and Brent Snook all kicked three goals for the home team, while Rory O’Brien kicked three of the five goals for Carey Park.
Brett Hill continued his dominance in the forward line for Harvey Brunswick Leschenault on Sunday, kicking five goals for the
Lions, as they accounted for South Bunbury by 36 points. Hill has now kicked 18 goals in three weeks, and already has a handy lead in the Goal Kicking competition. The Lions will travel to Collie on Saturday, which sees both teams undefeated, while the Tigers will be at home to Bunbury in the traditional derby.
The biggest crowd of the weekend was at PC Payne Park for a match that promised much, between Bunbury and Eaton Boomers, but in reality, it was Bunbury winning by ten goals, keeping last years grand final team to just three goals for the match. Harry Creasey was the best player on the ground, with Bunbury now set for Saturday’s clash with cross town rivals South Bunbury, while Eaton Boomers will be at home against Busselton in what will be another intriguing clash.