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Busselton ended Bunbury’s hopes of a colts premiership four-peat at Hands Oval on Sunday morning, after confidently running out 15.12 (102) to 8.9 (57) victors.
The match was a superb spectacle, showcasing some of the best of the region’s best talent, with a big crowd on hand to witness it.
Busselton started the match quickly, with Nathan Perry in the thick of things early, executing a brilliant banana kick from the right forward pocket at the Bussell Highway end.
But for all of their hard work early, the Magpies were held in check by the Bulldogs, who replied quickly through a brilliant snap from Alex Stuart.
As both sides continued to test each other out, the influence of Bailey Coshott became undeniable, as the Magpies supporters lining the members’ wing sensed their favourite son was in for a good day.
Coshott kicked two for the term, and after Ryley Broadbent ran in to an open goal, the Magpies took a 22-point lead into quarter-time.
The early part of the second quarter was an arm-wrestle, with Bunbury trying to fight their way back in to the match.
Consecutive goals to Jake Symington and Mackenna Taylor trimmed the Magpies’ margin to 11 points and for the first time in the game, the visitors were up against it defensively.
The two teams traded late goals, with the Magpies holding a two-goal lead at the long break.
Aware they needed to go for broke in a bid to win the game, Taylor kicked a brilliant run-and-carry goal at the fifth-minute mark of the third term, which put the Bulldogs within a goal of the hot Pies. However, this would be the closest they would get for the remainder of the day.
The Magpies were not fazed following Taylor’s goal and they responded immediately through Josh Lee.
From here, the match swung in Busselton’s favour, as their midfield got on top — with Lee and Coshott also now well on top of their opponents.
In a blink of an eye, the margin ballooned out to 31 points and the vocal contingent of Magpies supporters could smell blood.
During his three-quarter-time address, Bunbury coach Troy Hollands urged his team to roll the dice and take their chances.
They desperately needed the first goal of the term, but Coshott was the player of the moment.
His sixth goal, a brilliant long bomb, was a telling act.
Logan Brookes then exemplified the Magpies pressure. He ran down an opposition defender right in front, and kicked his second, which effectively sealed the win. After the game, victorious coach Daniel Delaney commended his squad.
“Everything went to plan,” he said.
“The discipline was very good, the structure was excellent and everyone played their role.”
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