Young Dogs finish on top

Darrel CockramSouth Western Times

BUNBURY claimed the 2017 colts premiership with a hard-fought 27-point victory over a gallant Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault at Hands Oval on Sunday.

The Bulldogs found it tough to shake off the Lions, who were resilient until three-quarter time but fell away to lose 13.7 (85) to 8.10 (58).

After losing the second semi-final by a big margin, the Lions were much more competitive in the first quarter and capitalised on the Bulldogs’ frequent turnovers when they blazed away into the forward line.

David Fenwick quickly kicked the first goal for the Lions, but it took the Bulldogs 15 minutes before Tobi Horton snapped their first.

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Bunbury celebrate winning the 2017 SWFL colts premiership.
Camera IconBunbury celebrate winning the 2017 SWFL colts premiership. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock

Zavier Williams was having a big influence in the ruck and across the middle of the ground for the Lions and with just two goals each for the quarter it was turning into an entertaining contest between two determined and skilled teams.

The Bulldogs got out to a 12-point lead in the second quarter with Michael Arkeveld (four goals) chipping in with a couple of goals and Nathan Ireland capping off his good work in the ruck with a fine mark and goal.

Bunbury’s Kai Luzi was named best-on-ground.
Camera IconBunbury’s Kai Luzi was named best-on-ground.

Leading goalkicker Taine Williams was well held by the Bulldogs’ defenders, but they gifted him two goals from free kicks to keep the Lions in touch at half-time. The third quarter was the best of the game with both teams kicking three goals.

It was goal-for-goal as the lead changed six times after there had been five lead changes in the first half.

Right on three-quarter time with the ball in the Lions’ forward pocket, man of the match Kai Luzi was infringed in the middle of the ground and the Bulldogs drove the ball forward which allowed Coen Bradshaw to kick a goal and give the Bulldogs a four point lead.

In the final quarter the Bulldogs added five goals to one as Luzi capped off his great day with a dominant display, while Arkeveld kicked another two goals.

Bunbury proved to be worthy winners with their first colts premiership since 2014.

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