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SWFL 2023: Magpies and Dons make statements across busy round of action

Carly Laden and Justin Fris Bunbury Herald
Busselton's Damian Lee.
Camera IconBusselton's Damian Lee. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

Busselton’s premiership credentials received another massive boost after brushing aside the Harvey Bulls 15.9 (99) to 4.3 (27) on Saturday night at the Harvey Recreation Ground.

Busselton's Damian Lee.
Camera IconBusselton's Damian Lee. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

By half-time, the margin had ballooned from 18 points to 49 points, such was the control of the fleet-footed visitors.

As the rain set in during the half-time break, Harvey once again tried to play catch-up but found themselves thwarted at every opportunity to drive the ball forward.

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Although the Bulls tried to ramp up the pressure across the backline, Busselton remained in control and continued extending their lead.

On Sunday at VC Mitchell Park, Donnybrook staged a magnificent last quarter comeback to defeat Carey Park 9.7 (61) to 8.10 (58).

Donnybrook's Sam Perkusich attempts to shrug off a Luke Hutchinson tackle at VC Mitchell Park.
Camera IconDonnybrook's Sam Perkusich attempts to shrug off a Luke Hutchinson tackle at VC Mitchell Park. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Although the Dons drew first blood after some back and forth with a goal via Sean Lynch, the Panthers fought back to take the lead with goals via Rory O’Brien, Leslie Wallam, Jack Di Lallo and Brady Lenaghan.

While the Dons looked to respond by amping up the pressure on the Panthers, Carey Park continued leading the way by being first to the ball and accurately hitting targets.

By the final change, Carey Park led 6.6 (42) to Donnybrook’s 4.5 (29).

Just when it seemed as though Carey Park would claim victory, Donnybrook turned it around in front of a passionate crowd and inched their way back with Ben Frazer kicking two goals, followed by another from Sam Bevan to put them in front.

In a thrilling conclusion to the match, Carey Park had a chance to win the match after the final siren with Harley Sparks awarded a free kick from the centre square.

However, it was too far out for the Panthers to realistically win the match, as the Dons celebrated.

At the Collie Recreation Ground, reigning premiers Augusta-Margaret River led all day during their 11.11 (77) to 6.8 (44) win over the Collie Eagles.

Jack McMahon chases after Trent Tanner (Collie Eagles) during Sunday's clash at the Collie Recreation Ground.
Camera IconJack McMahon chases after Trent Tanner (Collie Eagles) during Sunday's clash at the Collie Recreation Ground. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Steven Payne was absolutely everywhere for the Hawks in another five-star performance, while skipper Lincoln Adams was at his uncompromising best in defence.

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