Lions find some form to slip past the Bulls

David CharlesworthSouth Western Times
Harvey Bull Kyle Hickman gets to the footy first in the wet.
Camera IconHarvey Bull Kyle Hickman gets to the footy first in the wet. Credit: David Charlesworth / South Western Times

Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault slipped and slid their way to an 11-point victory over arch-rivals the Harvey Bulls at the Harvey Recreation Ground on Saturday.

The Bulls started off well by kicking the only three goals of the first quarter, but the Lions booted five goals to one in the next three quarters to win 5.7 (37) to 4.2 (26).

Intermittent heavy showers and wind throughout the match made for tough and slippery conditions.

The Bulls were accurate in front of goals despite the weather, with Ryan Nye (three goals) and Jonathon Ietto getting on the scoreboard.

The scoring dried up in the wet conditions, with the Lions kicking the only goal of the second quarter.

After half-time, the Lions came out strong booting three goals to take the lead, while the Bulls had to wait until the final quarter to kick their fourth and final goal.

The Lions were boosted by the return of key forward Kristin Thornton, who kicked two goals, while John Fenwick and Ben Ablett showed some great heart at the contest in the slippery conditions.

At the clearances, both teams struggled to get clean hands on the ball.

Former Lion Eli Smith played well for the Bulls, while Jack Quinn and ruckman Mitch Andrews continued their solid combination for the Lions.

In the last quarter the Lions held their lead with both sides kicking just the one goal before the final siren.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lions, who now have six wins from 12 games.

The Lions take on Bunbury at Brunswick Oval in a re-match of last year’s grand final.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will travel south to take on Augusta-Margaret River.

Scoreboard

Eaton Boomers 4.3 7.4 10.8 13.10 88 def Busselton 2.3 5.4 6.5 9.8 62

GOALS: Eaton Boomers - H. Humphries, J. Humphries, B. Jetta, M. Thompson 2, G. Jetta, M. Kings, L. Ramsay, H. Ryder, I. Winder. Busselton - A. Fraser 3, S. Cameron 2, J. Arbon, R. Arbon, E. Bowman, M. Tenardi.

BEST: Eaton Boomers - G. Jetta, J. Greenwell, H. Ryder, R. Lilly, N. McCosker, M. King. Busselton - J. Meadmore, J. Arbon, A. Fraser, B. Plozza, B. Sanford, J. Embry.

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