SWFL 2022: South Bunbury recruits make instant impact during Donnybrook’s stroll to victory

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Justin FrisHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Casey Killen (HBL) goes for a darting run against the Dons.
Camera IconCasey Killen (HBL) goes for a darting run against the Dons. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times/South Western Times

Donnybrook made light work of Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault women’s team on Saturday morning at VC Mitchell Park, running out 9.10 (64) to 0.1 (1) victors.

In the latest example of the gulf in talent between the top and bottom sides in the SWFL women’s competition, the Dons took control of the game from the opening bounce and effectively had the game won by quarter time.

The Dons, who have never played finals, received a massive boost leading up to the game, after securing the services of outgoing South Bunbury duo Bethany Bond and Charli Wicksteed, who are regarded by many as the best two players in the league.

Despite both players having represented the WACFL women’s team in Perth less than 18 hours earlier, Bond and Wicksteed donned the navy blue and white against the Lions, and gave their side an added level of bite in the corridor.

Together with reigning Nola Marino medalist Jessica Verbrugge and experienced veteran Fleur Parker, the home side were able to own the corridor and dictate play on their terms.

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Although they were up against it, all Lions players fought hard at every contest and were enthusiastic, despite the brutal assignment they were allocated.

Concerningly for the SWFL, the Lions have now been held to one goal or less in eight of their 10 matches this season.

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