Bulls off the mark for season

Chloe FraserSouth Western Times

Harvey Bulls survived an injury crisis and a tough four quarters of football to defeat Busselton by six points in a fiery match at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Sunday.

The game was tough for the entire four quarters as both sides battled it out to claim their first win for the season. Despite the Bulls losing three players to injury before half-time they kicked four goals in the final quarter to win 12.11 (83) to 11.11 (77).

In an action-packed game, the home side put the pressure on the Bulls, falling just two points down in the first quarter and one point down in the second quarter.

Busselton captain Aiden Fraser played a crucial role for the Magpies, booting four goals for the match.

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Play was even in the last quarter, but it was Bulls young gun Jacob Pickett, who kicked five goals for the match, who led his team to victory.

Defender Darren Rumble was also swung forward with success, kicking four goals, while Dean Miller was dominant in the midfield for the Bulls.

He was joined by Kyle Hickman who continues to improve, while Brendon Jones was once again influential for the Bulls.

Matt Welburn played well in defence for the Magpies, while Bailey Sanford (three goals), Jason Fish and Jackson Arbon worked tirelessly through the centre of the ground and were given first use of the ball by ruckman Adam Dehring.

Bulls coach Paul Fimmano said the game was a “real slog” with a few players down with injuries in the early stages of the match.

“We had one on the bench for the whole game practically and he was a Colts kid so it was just a matter of grinding it out and doing the basics,” he said.

“Busselton were playing good football and we could not do rotations because we didn’t have players.

“We lost two midfielders so what you take away from it is no matter what the circumstance is you can come out on top.”

Harvey Bulls 3.4, 6.6, 8.10, 12.11 (83) def Busselton 3.2, 6.5, 8.9, 11.11 (77)

GOALS: Harvey Bulls – J. Pickett 5, D. Rumble 4, B. Jones, J. Fimmano, D. Faulkner. Busselton– A. Fraser 4, B. Sanford 3, K. Howell, D. Fancote, E. Bowman, I Haslam.

BEST: Harvey Bulls – D. Miller, D. Rumble, K. Hickman, B. Jones, J. Pickett, L. Hernamen. Busselton –M. Welburn, A. Fraser, B. Sanford, J. Fish, J. Arbon, A. Dehring.

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