Panthers’ spirit shines

Vivian Blurton. Luke Obal.
Nanjing Night Net

The Lion’s Branden Harris

Timothy Yarren

Ruckman Timothy Jubb and Carey Park’s Jayden Wilson

John Klumpp and Carey Park’s Shannon Spadaccini.

Carey Park.

Vivian Blurton.

Carey Park’s Jordan Baggetta and the Lion’s Ethan Hughes.

FOOTBALL: It was a nail-biting ANZAC day clash last Thursday when the Carey Park Panthers performed a spirited come from behind victory in front of a home crowd to win by two straight kicks over the Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault Lions at Kelly Park.

The game drew a massive crowd and did not disappoint the spectators, with the lead changing four times in the last quarter to ultimately see Carey Park over the line with a 17.12-114 to 15.12-102 victory.

HBL opened up the game with a bang posting a five-to-two goal first quarter, as Captain David Newman let go of one of his trademark punts to get the score ticking over.

Best on ground Cody Garlett was able to convert for the Panthers through some hard midfield work from Jake Omara, but Newman hit back with another goal, as HBL got on top of the Panthers early, leading by 19 at the first change.

The Panthers opened the second term with some hard efforts from Liam Stewart ending in a goal for Carey Park, but HBL soon hit back with two of their own.

However Carey Park was able to halve the play in the second and stop the Lions run, as half time hit with the Lions still only leading by 19 points.

The third quarter came about and Carey Park needed to spark soon, and a goal from young gun Tim Yarran was able to help the Panthers find their feet.

Calum Leslie soon followed and the Panthers were able to reduce the lead to 8 points, however Jarrad Watson was able to convert for the Lions to help keep Carey Park at an arm’s length.

Lukas Teague then goaled for the Lions and it was quickly back out to a three goal margin.

However more work from Yarran and some serious pace through the midfield from Joel Coyne saw the Panthers convert through forward specialists Garlett and Matt Martin. Small forward Aaron Hill then set himself for two goals in a row and all of a sudden the Panthers had taken the lead.

However Brayden Prentice was able to sneak a goal in on the three quarter time siren, allowing the Lions a three point lead at the final change.

The fourth quarter started with teams evenly matched going goal for goal throughout the first fifteen minutes.

It wasn’t until Hill was able to kick his third that the Panthers strung together consecutive goals, as Jai Grantham was able to kick truly through more hard work from Yarran.

Prentice however soon goaled again, followed shortly by Hill for his fourth, and then HBL’s John Klumpp, to keep the Panthers lead in doubt.

Carey Park soon went forward again to Martin, who had struggled in contested marks all day due to Scott Delmenico’s defensive efforts. The ball hit the deck and was surrounded by ready-to-pounce Lions.

The Lions moved it quickly but to no avail as O’mara was able to take the saving mark and give it to Leslie for a goal, sealing the deal for the Panthers.

Carey Park will travel to Busselton next week to take on the Magpies, while HBL will pay a visit to Payne Park to take on Ryan Pitts’ Bulldogs.

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