Lions put an end to Panthers’ run

Dawn TestrowSouth Western Times
Jodie Clayton and the Eaton Boomers defeated South Bunburya at the weekend.
Camera IconJodie Clayton and the Eaton Boomers defeated South Bunburya at the weekend. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Carey Park’s unbeaten start to the season ended on Saturday when Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault claimed a thrilling one-goal win.

The Panthers dominated the early part of the game, but with just 10 seconds to go the Lions took the lead before winning 50-49.

Carey Park started well and led by 32-21 at half-time with Sid McAlister shooting accurately and strong defensive work from Cat Grochowski and Tia Wallace.

After a number of structural changes from both teams, the Lions came out with strong defensive pressure causing the Panthers to make passing errors which shooters Clare Cayley and Giselle Taylor converted to goals, reducing the deficit to eight heading into the last quarter.

Paris Newman played a huge game in goal defence for the Panthers, but the Lions maintained the pressure through the centre court with Brooke Repacholi and Bella James taking timely intercepts and slowly reducing the margin until the scores were level with 10 seconds remaining.

Taylor would be the hero, scoring the winning goal and giving the Lions the victory.

It was a better outcome for the Panthers on Sunday when they thumped Augusta-Margaret River 80-25.

McAlister continued her accurate shooting and was assisted by Kennedy Tupaea and Gemma Stewart.

Kate Halloday, Mackellar Field and Jas Nielsen played well for the Hawks.

Busselton continued their solid start to the season with a 58-42 win over Bunbury at the Geographe Leisure Centre.

A strong first half by goal attack Brooke Gibson and an impressive return to the centre court from injury by Tanieka Handley saw the Magpies up by six goals at half-time, before they dominated the last half to take the victory.

The Eaton Boomers rounded out the weekend with a 45-38 victory over South Bunbury, despite the efforts of Tiger Tegan Bulman.

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