Tigers survive scare, Boomers defeat Dons.
Unbeaten South Bunbury survived an early scare against reigning premiers Bunbury to run out 6.5 (41) to 4.5 (29) victors at Hands Oval on Saturday.
The Bulldogs, who were boosted by the return of Trisha Lake and Kristy Larsen, bolted out to a three goal lead midway through the opening term.
After some calming words from Tigers coach Maxwell Jetta, the league leaders gradually worked their way back into the game, with Tigers duo Kate Fielding and Ebony Bilcich able to generate sustained control of the corridor.
Trailing by three points at three quarter time, the home side held the Bulldogs to one behind in the final term, with a late goal from Fielding capping off a victory which will give South valuable momentum heading into the finals.
At the Harvey Recreation Ground, the Harvey Bulls faced minimal resistance in recording a 12.7 (79) to 1.1 (7) win against Carey Park.
Teamwork was the only way to describe the Bulls’ stylish performance, with players across every line of duty contributing.
Courtney Bayliss’ presence was again notable, while Doma Fedele and Fleur Parker ran the Panthers ragged from the opening bounce.
For the Panthers, tenacious workhorse Peppa Trowles battled hard, while Kandice Hart also fought the game out strongly.
Earlier in the day at Brunswick Oval, Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault gave its top four hopes a massive boost, after holding off the Collie Eagles 3.3 (21) to 3.2 (20).
With Busselton having the bye, the Lions knew that a victory would put them in fourth spot and in the box seat to qualify for the finals, given that the Magpies now have to beat the red-hot Bulls at home on Sunday and hope that the Lions lose against the Panthers.
Marino Medal contender Logan Triplett led by example throughout for the home side, while Tekanakana Jack-Tui again shone for the Eagles.
The Eaton Boomers defeated Donnybrook 11.9 (75) to 1.0 (6) in Sunday’s SWFLW scratch match at VC Mitchell Park.
Despite the nature of the result, both teams appeared to take plenty from the contest as they prepare for next season.
For the visitors, they managed sustained segments of possession with skipper Jessica Ruland having the ball on a string in the middle of the ground.
Ruland’s delivery into the forward line was direct and effective, which gave her forwards ample time and space to generate scoring opportunities.
There were also several positives for the Dons, with Kirryn Scallan, Sasha Smith and enthusiastic vice captain Amy Skewes all likely to have bright futures at league level if Sunday’s performances were an accurate form guide.
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