Finals near for in-form Pies

Dawn TestrowSouth Western Times

Busselton continued their charge towards the South West Netball-Football League finals with a strong 36-goal win over Carey Park in Busselton on Saturday.

The Magpies were spoilt with depth and used the opportunity to trial some players in different positions and it worked, as they beat the Panthers 69-33.

Ashlee Ritson continued her good form and led the charge for the Magpies in attack.

She held space on the edge of the circle to feed shooters Emma Borinelli and Sophie Brandis.

The Magpies led comfortably at the first break, but the Panthers stayed in touch in the second quarter through the efforts of Talicia Jetta in the centre court.

Busselton stepped up their defensive pressure in response to the Panthers’ efforts and this trend continued for the duration of the match.

The Magpies enjoyed their efficient passages of play down the court and they drew away to claim the big win.

South Bunbury fielded a team mixed with youth and experience in their 28-goal loss to Bunbury at the weekend.

The young Tigers have been getting a lot more court time recently because of injuries to the team’s starting seven and while their speed and enthusiasm has been refreshing, it could not overcome the Bulldogs who won 51-23.

The defensive duo of Amy Hammond and Chelsea Slater for Bunbury restricted goal scoring opportunities of the Tigers, despite Teagan Bullman’s great effort in the goal circle.

South Bunbury defenders Sue Howard and Courtney Smaniotto were solid contributors, with Tania Bishop working hard in wing defence. Bunbury were too strong on the day and continued their push towards a championship.

The last round of the season begins tonight, with Bunbury taking on Busselton and South Bunbury battling Harvey-Brunswick- Leschenault at the Eaton Recreation Centre from 7pm.

Carey Park will take on the Eaton Boomers this Sunday at the Leschenault Leisure Centre from midday.

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