Dons and Bulldogs prevail in classic contests

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The Bulldogs celebrate a goal during the final quarter of their big win over the Tigers on Sunday at Payne Park.
Camera IconThe Bulldogs celebrate a goal during the final quarter of their big win over the Tigers on Sunday at Payne Park. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Four of the South West Football League’s heavyweights fought out two intense contests on Sunday, with victories to Donnybrook over Eaton Boomers and Bunbury over South Bunbury.

At Glen Huon Reserve, the Dons faced a fierce onslaught all afternoon from a passionate Boomers side, who threatened to break the game open as the clock hit the 20 minute mark of the third term.

However, Julian Burgess’s men engineered back to back goals to whittle the margin back to four points at the final charge.

Once getting their noses in front, the visitors had to survive wave after wave of attacking raids from the Boomers, holding on for a slender 8.10 (58) to 7.14 (56) victory which keeps them in top spot.

At Payne Park, the Bulldogs secured the Syd Jackson-Max McGuire Cup with a defiant 16.12 (108) to 11.6 (72) victory over derby rival South Bunbury.

After trailing by three goals at the 16 minute mark of the first term, the home side booted three goals in five minutes of “red time” (time on) to be in front by the quarter time siren.

From that moment on, the Bulldogs routinely responded when challenged by the young Tigers, who had several players under 20 years of age suiting up for duty.

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