Bunbury withstood a spirited final quarter fight back from South Bunbury at Hands Oval to claim a 17.6 (108) to 13.5 (83) WA Derby victory this afternoon.
The Bulldogs had looked in a comfortable position at three-quarter time before four unanswered South Bunbury goals in the final term slashed the difference to 19 points.
But Bunbury held on and steadied with a late major to secure the points and move into fourth place on the ladder after six rounds.
Collie caused a significant upset on Saturday night when they downed Busselton by 37 points at the Collie Recreation Ground.
The Eagles pulled two selection surprises; former Swan Districts star Shane Beros – the 2003 Sandover Medallist – was cleared to the club for what is believed to be a one-off appearance.
Meanwhile, former Collingwood player Shannon Cox also suited up for the home side. While the duo's stats were not huge they each had a goal in the first half.
Cox began at full forward and spent time further up the ground and could well be a trump card with a few games under his belt.
In the third term, the Eagles ensured there was plenty of pain for Busselton with six different goal scorers putting their side up by 46 points at the final change.
At the Harvey Recreation Ground on Sunday the Bulls took their record to three and three with a narrow six-point victory over Augusta-Margaret River.
Harvey's Braden Fimmano booted the winning goal with two minutes left on the clock, after scores had been tight all afternoon and the Hawks had led at the final change.
Carey Park had a field day at Kelly Park on Sunday afternoon, mauling Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault by 97 points.
Man mountain Matthew Martin and man-of-the-match David Roche booted five goals each while Arron Hill and Liam McGuire both kicked four as the Panthers ran out 23.11 (149) to 7.10 (52) winners.
Meanwhile at VC Mitchell Park Eaton claimed the Peter Butcher Cup and ensured their unbeaten start to season 2012 remained intact when they claimed a 17.16 (118) to 5.3 (33) victory over Donnybrook, also on Sunday.Full match reports and score boards in Tuesday's Bunbury Herald.
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