Double Chance for Pies
The Busselton Magpies completed their journey back to the finals on Sunday with a 78 point thumping of the Harvey Bulls at Harvey Recreation Ground.
The 5.5-35 to 16.17-113 win completed an impressive home and away season for the Pies who have won every game on the road in 2020.
Busselton has now set up the double chance in their first finals appearance since their premiership winning 2015 campaign and will take confidence into the qualifying final against Harvey Brunswick Leschenault after they beat the reigning premiers by a point at Brunswick Oval in round 6.
The Pies were never challenged against the Bulls dominating the midfield battle from the outset and kicking six goals to one in the first term.
Quality midfield trio Ethan Maguire, Mitch Tenardi and Jackson Arbon gave silver service to talented forward Mitch Howlett who finished with six goals.
Gun recruit Jackson East also kicked three goals swinging from the midfield to half forward with deadly results while ever-reliable Jon Meadmore was solid as a rock on the half back flank.
The Bulls breathed some life into the contest in the second term with two quick goals but Busselton brutally kicked the next eight of the match to enter the final term with a 74 point lead.
Harvey fought hard in their final quarter of the year with Brendon Jones and Zak Italiano the shining lights for the wooden spooners.
Young Sebastian Omodei kicked two goals in his best performance of the season as did first year player Jacob Ferrier with the Bulls pleased with their development after a season that focused on the next generation.
After the game Busselton coach David Lewis said he was happy with his sides depth and effort.
“I was really happy across the board, the backline played well and it was a good even spread across the ground which is pleasing heading into finals knowing everyone is in form,” he said.
Lewis was also full of praise for first year Bulls coach Alan Douglas and the fighting spirit of their young brigade of improving players.
“Some of Harveys young guys are going to be very good players in the future if they can keep that young group together, they are very well coached, so I think there is a very bright future for them.”
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