Comfortable win puts Lions in final
HARVEY-Brunswick-Leschenault booked their place in this year’s grand final by comfortably defeating minor premiers Bunbury by 36 points at Payne Park on Sunday.
The Lions have been the dominant team in September and turned it on after quarter time to beat the premiership favourites 12.13 (85) to 7.7 (49).
The match started well for the Bulldogs, with defender-turnedforward Travis Justins booting the first goal within 45 seconds.
The Lions settled quickly, but were inaccurate.
Kristin Thornton (three goals) was lively in the Lions’ forward line, as was Justins at the other end.
Bunbury were making the most of their chances though and justly led at the first break.
The Bulldogs did not have much joy after this, with the Lions starting to dominate.
Brayden Prentice was starring for the Lions, who kicked five unanswered goals in the second term.
It took a brilliant solo effort from Brett Peake to give the Bull- dogs their only goal of the quarter. The Bulldogs needed to lift, but their third term started poorly when Thornton kicked a goal within the first minute.
Bunbury were getting more of the ball, but were being thwarted by a strong Lions’ backline.
Bunbury coach Jamie Nani asked for a big lift from his experienced players in the last term.
However, the Bulldogs could not make any inroads into the deficit and were soundly beaten.
Zac Piper had a massive final quarter for the Lions, picking up a number of disposals on the Lions’ way to a grand final berth.
Lions midfielder Rhys Gelmi gets a kick away before he is bumped.
Lions midfielder Lloyd Beever tries to dispose of the football before he is tackled.
Lions duo Kristin Thornton and James Hawksley celebrate a goal.