SWFL, Round 16: Bunbury notches up 38-point win over Busselton

Bunbury kept its 2019 South West Football League premiership title hopes alive with a stunning 38-point win over eighth-placed Busselton in Round 16.

Travelling to Bovell Park on Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs were predicted to crush the Magpies without hesitation.

Both sides struggled to move the ball up forward or create chances, early on.

Bunbury's Denholm King broke the drought with a set shot from 50 metres out, before Jed Kemp (four goals) and Reegan Mrsich (one) put Busselton in front.

Posting two goals late in the term, the Bulldogs clinched a 3.2 (20) to 2.0 (12) quarter-time lead.

With four goals to one in the second quarter, Bunbury extended its lead to 26 points at the main break.

Behind by 32 at three quarter time, Busselton's chances of a home victory were fading rapidly.

The visitors retained fourth spot on the ladder with a commanding 14.8 (92) to 8.6 (54) win.

Bulldogs Jethro Barraclough and Jeffrey Meekin stood out from the pack with three goals each.

Magpies Jackson Arbon, Harry Curtin, and Ryley Broadbent (one each) also hit the scoreboard in Round 16.

Glen Huon Reserve played host to a thrilling showdown between league leaders Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and second-placed Eaton.

The Boomers leapt off the blocks before booting four goals to one in the opening term.

With a 29-point deficit at half time, the Lions came back to kick a resounding five goals to two in the third.

Posting three goals to one in the fourth, HBL continued its unbeaten run with a 11.9 (75) to 10.14 (74) win.

Donnybrook held onto third after claiming a narrow win over ninth-placed South Bunbury at VC Mitchell Park.

After scoring seven goals to two in the first quarter, the Dons notched up a 37-point half-time lead.

The Tigers earned five unanswered goals in the fourth term, but left it too late. Donnybrook held on to win 9.9 (63) to 8.10 (58).

Augusta-Margaret River slipped to fifth spot following its shock loss to Carey Park in Round 16.

Following a tight first term, the Panthers booted a monstrous seven goals to one in the second.

Slotting six goals to five in the second half, Carey Park cruised to a 15.13 (103) to 7.8 (50) victory.

Collie dominated from start to finish in its clash with bottom-placed Harvey on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles led by 49, after putting up a whopping 10 goals to two in the first half.

Hayden Yarran (four), Kyle Shanahan (three), and Marlon Johns (three) led Collie to an 18.17 (125) to 5.13 (43) win.

All 10 teams will return to the field for Round 17, this weekend.