SWFL 2022: Final quarter purple patch earns South Bunbury seven-goal win over Carey Park

Carly LadenBunbury Herald
South Bunbury's Bodhi Nordahl marks.
Camera IconSouth Bunbury's Bodhi Nordahl marks. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

A last quarter blitz has earned South Bunbury a convincing seven-goal victory over Carey Park, their fifth win of the season.

South Bunbury returned to Hands Oval on Saturday to engage in a twilight battle with Carey Park during round seven of the 2022 SWFL season.

The Tigers were off to a fast start with two quick goals from star forward Jordan Strahan, although the Panthers were able to keep up and put the pressure on.

After the Panthers got on the board with a goal via Jack DiLallo, the contest seemed to reach a stalemate in the midst of intercepts and minor scores.

A late goal saw the Panthers take the lead 2.3 (15) to 2.1 (13) at quarter time.

South Bunbury's Martin Thompson.
Camera IconSouth Bunbury's Martin Thompson. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

South Bunbury hit back in the second quarter to take the lead with goals from Kevin Chitty and Strahan, while Carey Park continued a strong defensive approach.

Although Thomas Amos was able to break through and score a third goal for the match, South Bunbury soon took control with a late flurry of goals extending their lead to 25 points at half-time.

Following the main break, tensions ran high between both teams after Panther Connor Gadecki was taken off the ground following a brutal head knock.

After South Bunbury hit a slump in kicking accuracy with Ethan Nordahl managing their only major score for the term, Carey Park made a comeback with goals from Jude Harrop, Jedd Edwards and Bailey Coshott inching themselves closer.

Carey Park's Rory O'Brien puts boot to ball.
Camera IconCarey Park's Rory O'Brien puts boot to ball. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

At the final change, South Bunbury led 8.7 (55) to 7.4 (46).

South Bunbury took control from the outset in the final term, with Chitty and Strahan continuing to contribute goals, along with a further major from Rocco Versace.

While a costly brain-fade gave Carey Park an opportunity to try and fight back, they struggled to convert as the Tigers kicked a further two goals to seal the match 13.11 (89) to 7.5 (47).

Martin Thompson, Craig Hutcheson and Tom Gorter were named among South Bunbury’s best while the likes of Jordan Yarran, Rory O’Brien and Bailey Taylor were among Carey Park’s best.

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