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Shane EarlBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Coach Steve Lester Addresses his troops
Camera IconBusselton Coach Steve Lester Addresses his troops Credit: Supplied

Reigning premiers Donnybrook bounced back from their opening-round defeat with a 29-point victory over Busselton at VC Mitchell Park on Sunday.

The Dons, who kicked with the breeze in the first term, began brightly with Sam Lowrie on fire.

He had the first four shots on goal, kicking two, and things looked ominous for the young Magpies. However, as the quarter went on, Busselton began to gain control around the ground.

It took a classy snap from Brett Robinson (three goals), and a late major to Jace Cormack to extend the Dons’ lead to 23 points at quarter-time.

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The Magpies had last use of the breeze and desperately needed the first goal.

It was not to be, though, as Fraser Healy kicked a fine major early on for the home team.

This turned out to be the only goal of the quarter.

Busselton had most of the play in their half of the ground, but were unable to capitalise.

The Dons’ defence held firm, only giving up four points for the term.

After the game, Magpies coach Steve Lester was disappointed with his side’s inability to hit targets on a regular basis.

“We had no problem in getting hold of the footy — it was what we did with it that hurt us,” Lester said.

“Our execution was poor and we struggled to hit targets.

Donnybrook coach Julian Burgess felt new additions to the squad would continue to improve in coming weeks. “We have eight new players in the team and they are taking a little time to gel as a unit,” Burgess said.

“The ball delivery wasn’t great in the first half.

“We adjusted some things at the break and that showed with our improved third term.

“It was a scrappy match but I’m happy to get a win on the board.”

“After the first quarter, we matched them in most areas, but we need to be better with our disposal.”

The Magpies will face another test against ladder leaders Eaton on Sunday April 28 at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.

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