Livewire forward gives Bulldogs a boost

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Eagles skipper Tahlia Dawson-Gibbs and Rennie Sansom have only eyes on the footy during Saturday’s clash.
Camera IconEagles skipper Tahlia Dawson-Gibbs and Rennie Sansom have only eyes on the footy during Saturday’s clash. Credit: Justin Fris

The return of livewire forward Casara Hill reaped instant dividends for the Bunbury Football Club’s women’s team on Sunday against Eaton Boomers at Glen Huon Reserve.

Hill, who was drafted by WAFLW side Peel Thunder in 2019 off the back of her maiden SWFL women’s campaign, replicated last season’s form with three goals in the Bulldogs’ 15.10 (100) to 1.0 (6) victory over the Boomers.

Due to the nature of the fixture, the Bulldogs returned to action after consecutive byes, however they clearly had not lost a step.

Despite the wet conditions, the visitors controlled the match from the opening bounce and scooted out to a 45-point lead by quarter time.

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Lilly Taylor and Sophie Proudfoot set the standard for the reigning premiers early, with none of their teammates relenting in effort or attitude across the afternoon.

These efforts across the ground were capitalised up forward by Hill, who displayed the poise and tactical nous of a player primed for a distinguished career at representative level.

On a tough afternoon for the home side, Demi Ashley and Emily Bourne battled hard and did everything possible to blunt the ferocious intent from the visitors.

At the Collie Recreation Ground on Saturday, Busselton remained undefeated after holding off the Collie Eagles 2.8 (20) to 1.6 (12).

With dark clouds and a biting chill swirling around the ground, both sides found scoring difficult during the first half – with the ball spending plenty of time gridlocked in stoppages.

Led by Estelle Dragstra and Rennie Sansom, the Magpies broke the game open in the third term and headed into the final term with a 12 point lead.

Despite the heavy conditions and being held scoreless up until three quarter time, the home side threw everything at the Magpies in a bid to wrest control, but ultimately left their run too late.

In the remaining game of the round at Kelly Park, fellow unbeaten side South Bunbury continued their impressive run of form under new coach Maxwell Jetta with a clinical 16-point victory over Carey Park, with Bethany Bond again best on ground for the Tigers.

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