Football: SWFL Round 8 scores and reports

Bunbury Herald

Eaton suffered their second successive loss of the season on Sunday, crashing to a 13.6 (84) to 10.8 (68) defeat to Bunbury in a spiteful clash at Payne Park.

In a fiery first term, former Swan Districts player Matt Aitchison got under the skin of a number of the Eaton Boomers which resulted in several free kicks to the Bulldogs.

Matters took a more sinister turn for the Boomers when silky utility Chris Atthowe was red-carded mid-way through the quarter for striking the Bulldogs’ on-baller.

At the Harvey Recreation Ground, Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault continued their supremacy over neighbours the Harvey Bulls with a thrilling 16-point victory, also on Sunday.

HBL survived a late resurgence from the Bulls to claim their seventh straight win over the Bulls 10.12 (72) to 8.8 (56).

In another clash with plenty of bearing on the top five, the Collie Eagles survived a fourth term revival from Carey Park to snatch a five-point victory.

Despite holding a 24-point three-quarter time lead at the Collie Recreation Ground, all seemed lost for the flagging home side who fell behind just eight minutes into the last term.

Burly Panthers' forward Matthew Martin booted two majors to take his tally to nine while Cody Garlett also chimed in with a couple as Carey Park hit the front.

The Eagles trailed by as much as nine point mid-way through the last quarter before surging at the death to steal the lead in red time – Shannon Cox steering an angled set shot through with less than three minutes on the clock to deliver the 14.11 (95) to 13.12 (90) triumph.

Insult was added to injury for the Panthers, who’s damaging ruckman Michael Robinson hobbled off with an ankle injury during the second term and did not return to the field.

Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon Augusta-Margaret River took their win-loss record to four and four with a comfortable 38-point win over an enthusiastic Donnybrook at VC Mitchell Park.

Under lights at Hands Oval, Busselton consolidated their spot in the SWFL top five with a strong last quarter at on Saturday night.

Struggling to hold the wet ball on a sodden surface the young South Bunbury list battled gamely against the experience in the Magpies who skipped away with a six-gal last quarter to claim a 13.6 (84) to 10.7 (67) win.

Full reports and scoreboards in tomorrow's Bunbury Herald.

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