SWFL 2022: Another one-sided result in SWFL women’s competition as Bulldogs thrash Boomers

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Justin FrisBunbury Herald
Charity Ryder and Amelia Adams prepare to contest a throw in.
Camera IconCharity Ryder and Amelia Adams prepare to contest a throw in. Credit: Justin Fris

Bunbury handed the Eaton Boomers an unwanted title during Sunday afternoon’s 13.20 (98) to 0.0 (0) win at Payne Park.

The final result meant the Boomers were the 18th different team to be held scoreless in the women’s competition this year, from a total of 55 league matches.

Heading into the clash, Boomers coach Berend Kaaks was concerned about his side’s lack of recent matches, given the fact the Bulldogs clash was their first game in three weeks.

Predictably, league leading Bunbury took control of the game in the opening 10 minutes, with Charity Ryder and Ebony Bilcich in absolutely everything.

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Bilcich, who alternated with Shana-Lee Beardman as the Bulldogs’ isolated full forward, booted two goals in the opening term, which ensured the home side led by 25 points at quarter time.

Such was the level of control in the game, coupled by a desire not to humiliate the Boomers unduly, Bulldogs coach Michelle Harris had two past Nola Marino medalists — Bilcich and Carly Allen — and Swan Districts livewire Ruby Mahony all spend most of the second quarter on the bench.

The Boomers did not register a forward 50 entry until the second-minute mark of the final term, by which time the Bulldogs’ lead was 70 points and the sting had well and truly gone out of the game.

Ryder’s five-star performance would have heartened the Bulldogs coaches heading into the upcoming finals series, while Claudia Elward’s four goals also helped inflate the final margin.

Despite the gulf in class between both sides, Boomers skipper Trinity Brown left nothing in the tank, with her physical pressure and multiple efforts at each contest pleasing to watch, while Helen Moir’s voice in defence was an asset for her side.

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