Peake’s six sets Doggies on fire

George GoodwinSouth Western Times
Bunbury’s Brett Peake kicked six goals for his side against Busselton.
Camera IconBunbury’s Brett Peake kicked six goals for his side against Busselton.

The Bunbury Bulldogs gave their loyal supporters who braved some inclement weather a scare at PC Payne Park on Sunday afternoon.

Following on from a final quarter fade-out against the Eaton Boomers the week before, the Bulldogs allowed the Busselton Magpies to close the gap by three goals late in the game before beating them 9.5 (59) to 5.8 (38).

A solid start with two first-quarter goals to a single and another two goals before half-time to just two behinds saw the tally 4.1 (25) to 1.3 (9) by half-time.

Responsible for the good start were goals from Brett Peake and Travis Justins against an opening goal midway through the first quarter against the wind by Mason Hislop with the former AFL gun Peake adding a couple of almost identical last touch soccers in the third term.

A brief drizzle to start the third term saw former fairest and best Jesse Gribble serving his forwards well with Peake’s two third-quarter goals.

The veteran Peake kept his form and at one stage boasted six goals out of seven having come within a whisker of a moment of magic when he took a strong mark outside the arc and fired a goalbound hook into the breeze only to see a Magpie swoop and touch the ball before it bisected the big sticks.

Michael Tanardi, skipper Aiden Fraser and Steve Cameron had closed the gap to two goals before Trent Gribble and Jordan Falco gave the Bulldogs the buffer they needed.

While Peake was the pick of the bunch, the Bulldogs can give thanks to their leadership group of Brad Blake, Cody Hay and Aaron Mills, backed by Kane Bumann, Cullen Boyd, Brandon Casserly and Tyson Wood.

A lively Busselton were well served by Steve Cameron (two goals), Jon Meadmore, Eathoan Bowman, Mitch Trenardi and Mason Hislop.

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