Pies put dent in Tigers’ year

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Busselton’s Ethan Bowman was excellent for the Pies at the weekend.
Camera IconBusselton’s Ethan Bowman was excellent for the Pies at the weekend. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock / South Western Times

South Bunbury’s premiership defence is seemingly over after Busselton defeated the Tigers by nine points at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Saturday.

The Magpies created a gap between the two sides in the second term and held off the Tigers in the last half to win 12.12 (84) to 11.9 (75).

Both sides could not be separated in the first term, despite the Magpies starting the better when they booted the first three goals of the game.

But ill-discipline cost the home side, when they gave away a 50m penalty to give Jaxon Bell his first goal, before a push from a Busselton defender allowed the Tigers’ co-captain to kick another from 15m out.

The Magpies got on top in the next quarter, booting four goals to just two. A lot of their dominance came from their run off half back, with Sam Shepherd, Ethan Bowman and Tayte Devenny creating a number of opportunities.

Busselton captain Aidan Fraser kicked two of his three goals for the game in the quarter.

Leigh Kohlmann got the Tigers back in the match when he kicked a goal straight after half-time, but the Magpies responded quickly to once again gain control.

A late goal from Tigers forward Guy Piggott kept the margin to just 14 points at the final break

Both sides traded goals in the final term but in the end the Magpies held on for their second win of the year.

Scoreboard

Busselton 3.1 7.4 9.9 12.12 (84) def South Bunbury 3.1 5.4 7.7 11.9 (75)

Goals: Busselton – A. Fraser, C. Puff 3, B. Sanford, B. Sukroo, J. Kemp, S. Shepherd, B. Howell, M. Welburn. South Bunbury – G. Piggott 3, J. Bell, K. Wallrodt 2, R. Bennell, L. Kohlmann, J. Dix, K. Hams.

Best: Busselton – S. Shepherd, A. Fraser, R. Mrsich, B. Hoskins, T. Devenny, E. Bowman. South Bunbury – J. Bell, R. Bennell, K. Wallrodt, K. Hams, D. Bull, J. Meadmore.

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