Tigers destroy Panthers in second half romp

Darrel CockramSouth Western Times

South Bunbury were far too strong for a willing Carey Park, when the reigning premiers defeated last year’s wooden spooners by 107 points at Hands Oval on Saturday night.

The Tigers had a strong blend of experience and youth which led them to the 22.10 (142) to 5.5 (35) win.

South Bunbury’s Jon Meadmore, Damon Bull and Matt Giacci were all prominent to begin the game and the further it went, the more players found the football.

Bull managed to boot a goal early in each quarter, while the returning Brynn Francis, well held by Panthers defender Sam Browne, and Michael Thompson both weighed in with three, as the Tigers had a dozen goalkickers.

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Both sides showed plenty of endeavour from the opening bounce, but it was the Tigers who had greater depth and were able to make the most of their opportunities, especially after half-time when they outscored the Panthers 14 goals to just three.

The ruck duel was interesting, with the Tigers’ Dale Wilkinson sharing the honours on the night with Carey Park youngster Jayden Wilson.

Tigers defender Mason Hislop, in his first game back after breaking his leg just prior to the finals last season, showed he is on track to get back to his best, while the likes of Jaxon Bell, Ryan Bennell, Hayden Krikke and Deakin Stein look set for big seasons.

For the Panthers, their Perth recruit Garrick McLaughlin did a number of good things and after a few games should become a handy player as he gets to know his teammates.

Former Augusta-Margaret River midfielder Ben Golowyn was another who worked hard and will benefit with greater match fitness, but on the showing in round one a lack of strong key position players could cost the Panthers.

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