Lions roar when it matters

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Justin FrisBusselton Dunsborough Times
Taine Williams flies high to take a big mark for the Lions during Saturday's win.
Camera IconTaine Williams flies high to take a big mark for the Lions during Saturday's win. Credit: Jack Gibellini

Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault began life under new coach John Baggetta with a solid victory over Busselton on Saturday at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.

After weathering a spirited display from the home side across 31/2 quarters, the Lions roared home in the closing stages, with the forward exploits of Taine Williams (six goals) reaping massive dividends.

Post-match, Baggetta felt his men coped with the challenge thrown down to them.

“It’s never easy down there because they are always up and about on their home deck,” he said.

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“We got off to a good start in the first quarter but they began to get on top of us in the middle. Jack Fletcher won every knock but the guys we had missing — although not making excuses — three of the players out were key midfielders.

“So we were a little bit undermanned inside.

“They got well on top with centre takeaways in the first half but it was just a really good game of football.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s home clash against the Bulldogs, Baggetta is hopeful his men can replicate their opening-round display.

“At this time of the year between rounds one and five I think you are still finding your feet,” he said.

“We will have some changes though because we had a couple of injuries.”

Busselton held off a fast-finishing Lions side in Saturday’s SWFL women’s clash and recorded a 6.0 (36) to 4.5 (29) win. The Lions, who were goalless and trailed by 21 points at half-time, showed great resilience in the second half.

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