Com­fort­able win puts Lions in fi­nal

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Shane Earl

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.

Pic­tures: Jon Gell­weiler

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.

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