Bunbury secured the SWFL women’s minor premiership after pipping South Bunbury 4.9 (33) to 4.3 (27) in a pulsating clash at Payne Park on Sunday. Trailing by nine points midway during the final quarter, the Bulldogs booted two goals in three minutes to pinch a remarkable victory — and in doing so secured the highly prized finals double chance. Sitting in third place heading into the clash, the Bulldogs knew only a win would be enough to secure them an ideal finals path. Sure enough, Michelle Harris’ side began brightly, with their tackling pressure excellent. Unfortunately for the home side they were inaccurate in front of goal early, which was quickly taken advantage of by the reigning premiers. After soaking up considerable pressure early in the first quarter, the Tigers slotted a goal against the run of play courtesy of Casara Hill. With Amber Boyd also applying excellent forward pressure, and Charli Wicksteed picking up possessions at will, the visitors began to get on top in general play. The Bulldogs conceded a 50m penalty late in the quarter which Abbey Bain coolly converted from point-blank range and it appeared the Tigers were on the cusp of breaking the game open. But to their credit, the Bulldogs remained in the hunt, with Kloe Bassett, Sarina Tassone and Ruby Mahony providing plenty of leadership at the coalface. There was a lengthy delay during the third quarter, after an injury to South Bunbury’s Maddy Obal. Despite Obal lying on the turf and appearing to be in pain, play was allowed to continue for close to a minute before the umpires called time-off, and Obal was taken from the ground by stretcher. Both teams gathered their thoughts during the break and reset, although the Tigers still appeared to be in control. However, Bunbury, spurred on by a courageous performance from reigning Nola Marino medallist Bassett, lifted a gear. An inspirational early goal in the final term to Sophie Proudfoot was compounded by a telling finish by Doma Fedele at the 11-minute mark, before Milly Burns sealed the win two minutes later. Both sides face each other again on Sunday in the second semifinal at Payne Park, with the winner advancing to the grand final.