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Wasteful Pies struggle to stop Dons

Darrel CockramSouth Western Times

Donnybrook are back in the winner’s circle after a 53-point win over Busselton at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Sunday.

Busselton managed to kick just the one goal for the game, as the Dons dominated on their way to a 10.10 (70) to 1.11 (17) win.

Donnybrook ruckmen Ray Giudici and Todd Gregory worked well and along with plenty of pressure around the ball, the visitors were able to win many of the contests and drive the ball forward.

Kieran Hug and Jacob Green were both busy up forward and quickly kicked goals to kickstart the Dons’ day.

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When Brendan Page marked strongly and kicked another in the first quarter, the Dons were well on top.

Conditions were not ideal and play was congested for most of the game, with the Dons playing an extra man at the contests.

This allowed them to find a player out the back of the packs, which resulted in clearing possessions out of the congestion.

The Magpies were enthusiastic, but a combination of poor disposal and tight defence had them struggling to get the ball inside their forward line with any purpose.

The Magpies could only add minor scores before half-time, registering five behinds.

Shaun Towers, Hug, Sam Lowrie and Page got the visitors rolling in the third quarter with goals, before Jed Kemp finally goaled for the home team two minutes into the third quarter to add some reward to his strong efforts in the ruck.

The Dons looked in control of the game but the goals dried up for the visitors.

Kemp, Jackson Arbon, Matt Welburn, Reegan Mrsich and Ben Daniels continued to work hard and denied the Dons’ attack on a number of occasions.

Donnybrook added only the one goal in the second half but continued to win most of the contested ball and with their new players in Hug, Green, Lowrie, Jayden D’Vauz and Sean Lynch gelling with the established players from the previous seasons they appear to be developing into a competitive unit.

Donnybrook will now prepare to host Carey Park at VC Mitchell Park, while Busselton will look to get their first win of the season when they take on South Bunbury at Hands Oval under lights on Saturday evening.

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