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Tigers Complete a Perfect Season

South Bunbury completed a perfect season in the SWFL women’s competition after toppling Bunbury 5.6 (36) to 3.4 (22) in Sunday’s grand final at Hands Oval.

After weathering intense pressure from the Bulldogs during the opening term, Maxwell Jetta’s side gradually took control and ensured an unforgettable end to an undefeated season.

The Bulldogs entered the clash minus influential ruck Cian Parsons, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preliminary final the week before.

Despite this apparent shortcoming, the visitors started the game brilliantly, subjecting the Tigers to a fierce physical bombardment.

Ruby Mahony had the ball on a string during the early stages, while the experience of Kristy Larsen and Trisha Lake was also telling.

The Tigers were wasteful early in front of goal, before the visitors opened up their account through a trademark goal from Casara Hill.

Hill, who has spent the majority of the season with Peel Thunder in the WAFLW, had been relatively quiet by her lofty standards over the past month, however her finish showed she has not lost a thing.

With a tumbling kick hitting the turf 40m out from goal, Hill cleverly scooped up the football, evaded two defenders and tore into goal with an emphatic finish.

Sensing their chance, the Bulldogs added another four minutes later, with Emily Lindsay capping off a quality transition move, which had the Tigers on the ropes.

At quarter time, Tigers league coach Stephen Bilcich urged South to work harder around the ground, while women’s coach Maxwell Jetta echoed his sentiments.

The contest reverted into a defensive stalemate for much of the second quarter, which given the scoreline, suited the Dogs.

Larsen, Hill and Mahony were all proving to be a handful for the Tigers, while Ebony Bilcich was seemingly at the bottom of every pack.

Grand finals are often known for heroic moments and this encounter was not any different, with Amber Boyd etching her name in SWFL history.

Boyd burst to life in the forward line, booting two goals in 90 seconds, in one of the more remarkable purple patches you are ever likely to see.

In the blink of an eye, the Tigers were in front on the cusp of half time and suddenly it was the Bulldogs who needed to respond.

Bunbury’s hopes of a premiership three-peat dwindled further after the opening minute of the third quarter, when Megan Bain kicked truly after taking a towering mark 25m out from goal on a slight angle.

With Souths’ ruck Kate Fielding now firmly exploiting Parsons’ absence from the centre square, the Bulldogs found it extremely difficult to sustain possession in their own half of the ground.

When Claudia Elward goaled, the Tigers were up by a game-high 16 points and seemingly on course for their first flag.

Throwing caution to the wind in the closing stages, Bunbury launched one final tilt, however they were routinely denied by Tigers defensive lynchpin Kiarni Stevens, who took countless saving marks on the last line of defence.

On the final siren, Tigers players and supporters streamed out into the middle of Hands Oval, with the moment ushering in a new dynasty within women’s football.


Justin Fris-South Western Times
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 4:18PM

Off The Record-With Mark Docking

Hall of Fame

On Saturday Night the 30th July,we will be inducting 11 champions of our Football Club into Our Inaugural “Hall of Fame”.A committee has worked very hard on putting a Charter together to outline the criteria.Then with over 60 nominations,it has been a huge task and lots of debate to bring it down to the remaining 11.All of this process has been ratified by the Board every step of the way.

It plans to be a Huge night on the Club Calendar that will grow over the Years as More Club Champions join the Hall of Fame.


1972 under 16’s Premiers

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Doc Manea Cup

South Bunbury kept their 2016 South West Football League unbeaten streak alive on Sunday with victory in the Dr Ern Manea Cup clash with Donnybrook.

The Tigers got off to a flying start in the clash at Hands Oval piling on six unanswered goals in the first quarter.

The Dons then rallied to hold them goalless in the second while pinching back three.

Both sides scrapped their way through the third before South Bunbury got back on top in the fourth, triumphing 10.9.69 to 5.4.34.

Anthony Tsalikis was best for the Tigers kicking four goals while Shaun Towers grabbed three for the Dons.

Hall of Fame


Cede nullis, Latin for yield to none, can be seen on every banner and logo at the South Bunbury Football Club.

The creed is the perfect fit for a club enriched with more than a century of history.

Established in 1897, the Tigers were one of three inaugural clubs to play football in Bunbury.

Now 44 premierships and 14 Hayward medallists later, the club will be recognising some of its greatest players and members at their inaugural hall of fame night.

General manager Larry Gleeson said the night would honour those who had made a great impact on the club.

“This is about recognising players and staff members who have helped the club achieve great things, no matter how long they spent here,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of history at South Bunbury and this is one way we can acknowledge those who helped build that history.”


The club will be the first in the South West Football League with its own hall of fame.

The inaugural induction comes just one year after the SWFL established its hall of fame.

Selectors for South Bunbury’s inaugural hall of fame inductions face a daunting task choosing the cream of the crop from such a rich history.

In its 109 years of competing the club has taken out 44 premierships, finished runner up 30 times and has produced a multitude of excellent players.

A total of 14 Hayward medals, 14 Pike medals, six SWFL footballer of the year awards, seven leading goal-kicker awards, four under 19 leading goal-kicker awards and two rising stars belong to members of South Bunbury.

Many Tigers have gone on to higher levels of football including the WAFL, VFL and AFL.

The club also boasts 79 life members, which Gleeson said was a sacred achievement at South Bunbury.

“We hold our life members in the highest regard,” he said.

“It’s really sacred to our club.”

South Bunbury’s inaugural hall of fame night will be held on Saturday, July 30.

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