Red-hot Pies wallop battling Tigers

Sophie ElliottSouth Western Times
South Bunbury’s Ethan Nordahl pumps his team forward as Busselton’s Jackson Arbon tries to smother.Picture: Sophie Elliott
Camera IconSouth Bunbury’s Ethan Nordahl pumps his team forward as Busselton’s Jackson Arbon tries to smother.Picture: Sophie Elliott

A reinvigorated Busselton Magpies outfit could not be stopped by South Bunbury at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Sunday, defeating the Tigers by 33 points.

With both sides coming off major defeats in round five, many believed proceedings would be tight and tough.

The Pies delivered from the opening bounce and showed no mercy, keeping South Bunbury scoreless.

This effort meant the Tigers went five consecutive quarters without registering a major.

The return of 2015 Magpies premiership player Daniel McGinlay was welcomed by the home crowd – and he made an instant impact early, booting two goals in the first quarter. The intensity and physical grunt was evident from both sides across the ground but the hosts dominated possession.

However, inaccuracy from the Pies in the forward 50 ensured that the match wasn’t out of reach for the visitors.

In the second quarter Busselton’s livewire forward Jed Kemp got into the game.

When Kemp is on fire, it is usually a good day out for the Pies and he quickly made the most of his opportunities in the forward line – while Mitchell Tenardi peeled off another impressive display.

Scoreless – and with the half-time siren fast approaching – it looked like it may be deja vu for the Tigers, but Josh Padlie got the footy in the forward 50 and scored his side’s first goal late in the second term.

The Tigers added respectability on the scoreboard late in game, once the sting had gone out of the contest.

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