Panthers shock premiers, Wanderers hold off Cougars

Michael Traill and Andrew PritchardNarrogin Observer
Brookton-Pingelly take the points from round 1.
Camera IconBrookton-Pingelly take the points from round 1. Credit: Michael Traill

Panthers clip Eagles’ wings in strong showing

A young Brookton-Pingelly, bolstered by returning talent, shocked reigning premiers Boddington on Saturday, keeping the Eagles goalless in the first half.

Returning to his home club, former Essendon Bomber Leroy Jetta hit the scoreboard first for the Panthers.

Leroy Jetta breaking a tackle before his fourth goal.
Camera IconLeroy Jetta breaking a tackle before his fourth goal.

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A flying Luke Kirk took a strong pack mark at the top of the goal square for Brookton-Pingelly, converting his side’s second major from the set shot.

Cameron Jetta gave the Panthers a 3.2 (20) to 0.2 (2) lead at the first break with a goal after the siren.

The game continued to be played between the arcs in the second term but ferocious tackling in the middle and rebound 50s from the Panthers denied Boddington free movement into the forward line.

Leroy Jetta made the most of his side’s inside-50 count, kicking another two in the second, accompanied in the goal scorer’s tally by captain Tyson Kirk.

Brookton-Pingelly extended their lead to 6.6. (36) to 0.4 (4) at half-time.

Boddington finally hit back early in the second term, breaking the Panthers half-back line, consecutive Boddington goals went kicked by Michel Humble and Harry Ellis.

Boddington relieved some scoreboard pressure but still faced a five-goal deficit at the final break, 8.9 (57) to 3.6 (24).

Mathew Dean, Tyson Kirk and Brayden Fairhead continued to win plenty of the ball for the Panthers in the final quarter while Mitchell Salmeri, James Hay and Josh Commisso did their best to keep the premiers in the hunt.

Both sides kicked three apiece in the last quarter, giving Brookton-Pingelly a 11.14 (80) to 6.8 (44) victory.

Dean took home the Anzac medal for best on ground, while Leroy Jetta finished with four goals and Boddington’s Andrew Moody kicking two.

Wanderers hold off Cougars

With eleven players out of its side from last year’s Grand Final, Katanning Wanderers defeated a gallant Kukerin Dumbleyung by 31 points, 13.15 (93) to 9.8 (62).

In a game that Wanderers set-up with an eight goal second quarter, Katanning Wanderers had to withstand a spirited last quarter from Kukerin Dumbleyung, to win.

With a number of promoted players from last years, reserves and colts’ sides and players in new positions, Katanning jumped-out of the blocks with a goal to Ryan Pontillo, who had played most of his footy in the past two seasons in defence, after 30 seconds.

Wanderers had a winning ruck through Khallon Zilm with midfielders in James Laurino, Corey Eades and Braden Crosby who gave Pontillo and Josh Bootsma, many opportunities to kick goals.

Wanderers had most of the play but didn’t make the best of its opportunities, in the first quarter to lead 2.6 to 1 point. Kukerin Dumbleyung created opportunities but found Wanderers’ defence impenetrable.

The second quarter saw the game blown open, with Pontillo and Bootsma, dominating the goal scoring for Wanderers, in the air and off the ground. Adding eight goals to two for the quarter. Katanning lead comfortably 10.8 to 2.1 by 55 points at half time.

The third quarter was a tight contest with only four goals kicked – two to each side. Wanderers was again inaccurate with 2.6. Kukerin Dumbleyung was winning more of the ball but still found scoring difficult. At three quarter time Katanning lead 12.14 to 4.3 by 59 points.

To its credit & despite the deficit it faced, Kukerin Dumbleyung came to life in the final quarter & kicked five goals, as forwards Kim Gooding, Malcolm Roberts, Chris Wollaston & Peter Joyce, took strong marks & kicked accurately.

Katanning Wanderers who up-to-this-point had maintained possession with pinpoint passing & accurate handball, started to make mistakes and Kukerin-Dumbleyung finished full of running.

Major goal scorers – Katanning Wanderers Bootsma 5 & Pontillo 4 and Kukerin Dumbleyung two each to Wollaston and Kim Gooding

Best players for Katanning Wanderers; Josh Bootsma, around the ground and in front of goals, James Laurino, with his accurate kicking and ball getting, Troy Flugge and Mitch Banks, in defence and Corey Eades, around the ground.

For Kukerin-Dumbleyung; Ian Lloyd, strong marking and accurate kicking from defence, Ross Gooding in defence, Chris Wollaston, lively in the forward line and Damon Joyce, in the midfield.

Duo get State call-up

Katanning’s Haiden Schloithe and Kade Stewart have been named in the initial 31-man Kia WAFL State Squad to play against South Australia.

The match will open Fremantle’s clash with Richmond at Optus Stadium on Sunday, May 12.

Schloithe kicked two goals and picked up 18 possessions as the Bulldogs thumped East Fremantle on Saturday.

Stewart kicked a goal himself in the win, and picked up 18 touches. Jye Depane, with 15 disposals and five tackles, was South Fremantle’s best in the reserves side that was thumped by the Sharks.

Pingelly’s Tom Blechynden was the side’s second highest ball winner with 18 touches and four tackles.

Wagin’s Kyle Hamersley only had nine possessions.

Boddington’s Jarod Salmeri and George Wessels picked up 13 and 26 touches respectively in the Bulldogs’ colts victory.

Narrogin’s Darryl Anderson and Malachi Bolton collected 11 and eight touches respectively, and made three tackles each. Bolton kicked one goal.

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