Carey Park continued its successful start to the 2018 South West Football League season with a dominant display over Busselton.
Going into Saturday afternoon’s clash at Kelly Park, Carey Park was eager to secure its third win of the season.
Busselton, however, was in the doldrums at the bottom of the leaderboard.
The Panthers started well and carved through the Magpies’ defenders.
The home side sent its fans into a frenzy by kicking four goals and one point before quarter time.
Busselton only managed five points as Carey Park put themselves in front by 20 at the first change.
The Panthers continued their blistering run in the second term.
Their three goals to one haul ensured a comfortable lead going into the main break.
Ahead 8.5.53 to 1.6.12 at half time, Carey Park delivered a performance full of highlights.
Busselton was then subjected to an all-out battering at the hands of the Panthers.
To the crowd’s delight, the home side kicked another five goals in the third quarter.
The Magpies booted three for the term, attempting to keep their dignity in tact.
However, the game was out of the visitors’ reach by three-quarter time.
A three goals to one effort from Carey Park in the fourth quarter led to a 16.8.104 to 5.8.38 scoreline at full time.
Credit belongs to Carey Park duo Jarrod Humphries and Riese Wilkey. The pair kicked five goals each in front of an electrifying home crowd.
Their performance helped the Panthers clinch top spot on the ladder after five rounds.
Donnybrook moved to second on the ladder after its stunning performance against Harvey Bulls at VC Mitchell Park.
Having narrowly missed out on finals football last year, the Dons were determined to outsmart the competition in 2018.
Harvey, on the other hand, needed a morale boost following the resignation of respected coach Paul Fimmano.
Both sides played tough, possession-heavy football in the first quarter.
The home side put themselves in front by eight at quarter time, before being challenged by the Bulls in the second.
Fine form saw the Dons remain in front, 4.5.29 to 3.3.21, at half time.
Thanks to powerhouse players Samual Lowrie and Sean Lynch (three goals each), Donnybrook upped the ante in the second half.
The Dons pushed further in front in the third quarter.
The Bulls, however, were still in contention at three-quarter time.
Donnybrook kicked into gear in the fourth quarter.
The side kicked six unanswered goals to deliver a resounding 13.9.87 to 5.8.38 win.
On Sunday, Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and Eaton Boomers put it all on the line.
The Lions edged in front at quarter time, and quickly regained their mojo in the second term.
A six goal to three performance from HBL helped them to a 15-point margin at half time.
Playing to excited fans at Brunswick Oval, the home side remained ahead of Eaton throughout the third quarter.
The Lions cling to the prospect of finals glory following their 13.10.88 to 9.14.68 win in round five.
HBL’s Zavier Williams bagged three goals while Jesse Crichton, Ben Busslinger and Taine Williams kicked two each.
Boomer Jayme Osiejak kicked four and delivered a best-on-ground performance.
Round five also saw respected goal umpire Jason Crowe celebrate his 800th South West Football League game.
Next weekend, Bunbury heads up to Donnybrook while South Bunbury travels to Harvey.
Eaton and Augusta-Margaret River will play at Glen Huon Reserve on Sunday afternoon.