South Bunbury have established themselves as the early benchmark in the South West, grinding out a five-goal win over a highly-fancied Busselton side. But the 13.11 (89) to 6.10 (46) victory didn’t come as easy as last week’s 97-point mauling of Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault, with the Magpies narrowing the margin to as little as three goals at the final change. The contest was also the best indication yet of SWFL umpires’ interpretation of the new rules around 50m penalties, with seven goals coming directly from players being marched forward — while one was inadvertently paid in the final moments against a spectator who had jeered from behind the bench. While it wasn’t the same mesmerising midfield performance they produced seven days ago, the Tigers had the early running thanks to new recruit Jace Cormack and a dominant opening term from club captain Kevin Chitty. They held the Magpies goalless through the first term, meaning they had conceded just once in five quarters for the season — not giving up a goal since Pierce Ferguson’s major before quarter-time last week. Jordan Strahan broke the shackles of his Zac Pethybridge match-up to kick two goals in the second term, but a flurry of entries and four of the last six goals of the quarter put the Magpies in reach at half-time. Forward Jed Kemp, who played mostly reserves last season, produced glimpses of the form he showed as an under-age prospect — presenting well and forcing contests as the high forward — as he and Liam Creighton kicked two goals each for the term. The third term was a whistle-laden midfield contest, with Brody Delaney and Kade Wallrodt the only goal-kickers for the quarter. Mitch Tenardi, whose battle with Jesse Crichton essentially meant they nullified each other, missed a chance to cash in after consecutive 50m penalties against Martin Thompson and Tim Sutherland became a 100m advantage. In his 100th game, premiership player and reigning best and fairest Shaun Crane came to the fore for the Tigers as Bodhi Nordahl kicked his second and third goals to ice the game. Chris Atthowe’s booming leg wasn’t as damaging as it was against the Lions, but in the absence of Tom Gorter, the experienced half-back brought run, carry and endurance when others dropped late on. Busselton, who are now 1-1 through two games, look set to lose Jaice Pardi for an extended period after he was stretchered off with what looks to be a serious knee injury. Cormack left the field with a left calf problem late in the final term, while Jay Crossman — who kept Creighton to just a pair of majors — received treatment to his back. In the women’s game, South Bunbury held Busselton to just two goals to win 5.3 (33) to 2.0 (12). The 21-point win came after a dire first half, with the Tigers having kicked two goals themselves up until half-time.