Bulls belt lowly Tigers

Shane EarlSouth Western Times
Harvey Bulls forward Jacob Pickett booted three goals at the weekend.
Camera IconHarvey Bulls forward Jacob Pickett booted three goals at the weekend. Credit: Zach Relph

The Harvey Bulls continued their push for a top-three spot with a dominant 68-point win over a disappointing South Bunbury at Hands Oval on Sunday.

The Bulls kicked with the breeze in the first term and jumped the Tigers early, setting up a 15.11 (101) to 4.9 (33) victory.

The visitors were sharp and found plenty of space around the ground, with midfielders Brendon Jones and Dean Miller getting plenty of possession all game long.

Bulls Josh Krispyn and Jacob Pickett were lively up forward, both kicking their first of three goals in the term.

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The two teams traded goals early in the second, with Michael Thompson’s goal for the Tigers quickly nullified by one from Brett Lofthouse.

Tigers forward Guy Piggott kicked a major and they looked to be getting back in to the game, however, they squandered a number of opportunities in their forward line. The game had become physical, with Bulls midfielder Nic Carney injuring his collar bone and Tigers teenager Hayden Krikke suffering a suspected concussion, putting them both out of the match.

Two late goals to the Bulls had them lead by 28 points at the main break.

After half-time the match became more one sided.

The intensity and physicality of the Bulls wore down the Tigers, who were often second to the ball.

Impressive teenager Dylan Sellick kicked a solid goal, while Lofthouse and Pickett continued to have an impact and the Bulls’ defence kept the Tigers scoreless in the third term.

At three-quarter time Tigers coach Mark Docking asked his players for commitment while Bulls coach Paul Fimmano wanted their intensity to stay high. The teams traded early goals, but South Bunbury never looked like getting back in the game.

The highlight of the term came when the Bulls’ 15-year-old debutant Malik Davis kicked his first goal.

Harvey Bulls 4.3, 7.4, 10.8, 15.11, 101

South Bunbury 0.3, 2.6, 2.6, 4.9, 33

Goals: Harvey Bulls – J. Krispyn, B. Lofthouse, J. Pickett 3, M. Davis, B. Jones, D. Rumble, D. Sellick, R. Shemeld, T. Smith. South Bunbury – J. Dix, B. Francis, G. Piggott, Mi. Thompson.

Best: Harvey B ulls – B. Jones, D. Sellick, D. Miller, D. Rumble, M. Robson, J. Krispyn. South Bunbury – K. Hams, J. Wright, K. Wallrodt, C. Hutcheson, R. Bennell, J. Montgomerie.

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