Panthers overcome slow start to win

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Tim Yarran was among his side’s best players against the Harvey Bulls on Saturday.
Camera IconTim Yarran was among his side’s best players against the Harvey Bulls on Saturday. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Carey Park have bounced back from a winless 2017 season to remain unbeaten in the South West Football League this year after defeating the Harvey Bulls 15.11 (101) to 13.8 (86).

The Bulls got off to a quick start after their loss to Busselton last week to kick seven goals in the first term.

However, the Panthers rallied in the second quarter and kicked five goals with the breeze to trail by only two points at half-time.

The Humphries brothers, Greg, Jarrod and Herman, showed they may be the recruits of the season with a stunning display of football while Bulls’ ruckman Michael Robinson was giving his side first use of the ball.

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Both sides kicked three goals in the third quarter with Harvey maintaining a narrow lead after Jeff Carter had a shot on goal after the siren but failed to find the scoreboard. Jarrod Humphries kicked his sixth goal to give Carey Park the lead early in the last quarter.

Brendon Jones kicked his third to give Harvey a sniff of victory but two more goals to Jarrod Humphries put the game out of reach.

Carey Park coach Richard Barnard said he was pleased to claim the second consecutive win of the season.

“Everyone sort of executed the game style that we want to play so I am pretty happy with that,” he said.

“We have worked heavily in the off-season on skill execution and our tackle pressure tonight was really on.

“Every time the Bulls got the ball we were able to close them down quickly.

“We are coming from a long way back and we will stay humble and keep our feet on the ground as we know what it is like to lose a few games.

“The main thing is that the boys are enjoying their football.”

Harvey coach Paul Fimmano said he was disappointed with the result.

“They used the ball better, they hit targets, we turned the ball over and then they punished us for it,” he said.

“They were cleaner and they deserved the win.”

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