SWFL 2022: Bunbury women’s team do enough to chalk up another victory

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Bunbury's Kloe Bassett prepares to fire out a handball to teammate Milly Burns.
Camera IconBunbury's Kloe Bassett prepares to fire out a handball to teammate Milly Burns. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times/South Western Times

Bunbury remained equal top with women’s premiership powerhouse South Bunbury following Saturday’s 5.5 (35) to 1.0 (6) win over a gutsy Donnybrook at VC Mitchell Park.

The Bulldogs broke the game open in the third term, when they eventually cashed in on their value for effort up forward.

Fierce stoppages littered the opening 10 minutes of the clash, with neither team prepared to concede an inch. The Dons received several free kicks due to heavy or late physical contact, however, they were unable to translate this on the scoreboard.

Mostly playing in defence, 2019 Nola Marino medalist Kloe Bassett raised the stakes in the second term, by hurling herself into every contest within her vicinity.

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For the Dons, Taneika Handley and Fleur Parker caused plenty of problems in the corridor, as the visitors were held to a surprising 1.1 (7) inside the opening half, despite perfect conditions for football.

Parker had more than on-field Bunbury opponents to contend with, as a minority of Bulldogs supporters at the Donnybrook town end spent most of the game verbally abusing her from over the fence.

With the contest hanging in the balance, Bulldogs forward Shana-Lee Beardman took control of the game midway during the third term, after being on the receiving end of two crunching hits.

Like Parker, Beardman shrugged off the pain and booted two important goals, which ultimately began to swing momentum into the Bulldogs’ favour.

With victory secured by three-quarter-time, the Bulldogs were able to tighten things up in the final term, although the Dons players never gave in.

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