Tigers keep in touch of the best

Darrel CockramSouth Western Times
South Bunbury’s Leigh Kohlmann kicked six goals against the Eaton Boomers.
Camera IconSouth Bunbury’s Leigh Kohlmann kicked six goals against the Eaton Boomers. Credit: Picture: Mitchell Woodcock

South Bunbury accounted for the Eaton Boomers by 24 points in a scrappy game of football at Hands Oval on Sunday.

A number of players slipped under pressure and as a result, both sides were unable to develop any free-flowing football and goals were hard to come by, but the Tigers held on to retain third spot on the ladder with a 13.8 (86) to 9.8 (62) win.

Blake Piggott and Kane Bloxsidge were sure in their ball handling and won a number of clearances for the Boomers, while Jon Meadmore and Kyle Hams were effective for the Tigers in the midfield.

The Tigers kicked three goals with the breeze in the first term but the Boomers responded through long goals from Chris Atthowe, putting them just eight points down at the break.

Tigers ruckman Dale Wilkinson battled hard against Boomers counterpart Nick Martin and seemingly got on top when he kicked a goal early in the second as South Bunbury appeared to be getting the better of their opposition.

But again the Boomers rallied, with quick goals half way through the quarter to Michael Battaglia and Paul Jones keeping them in the game.

Tigers forward Leigh Kohlmann stepped up, kicking three goals in the final nine minutes of the first half to put a handy gap between the two sides as the game meandered along.

The start of the third term was a tough affair with Wilkinson bringing up the first goal after more than 10 minutes.

The Boomers gave no indication of being able to bridge the gap and after Jay Walton marked in the square for his first major the Tigers headed for home 28 points up.

Walton quickly added his second in the last on his way to kicking the last five goals for the Boomers, albeit with the benefit of two 50m penalties. Walton’s goals gave them a little ray of hope but each time he scored the Tigers responded as Kohlmann kicked another two and Matt Giacci put away one.

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