Huge final term spurs Tigers past Mustangs

Pinjarra conjured a stunning final quarter to end the Mandurah Mustangs' run of wins at Sir Ross McLarty Oval on Saturday afternoon, with Paul Galloway turning in a brilliant performance for the home side.

Galloway's four-goal haul and dominance around the ground helped earn him best-afield votes for his side, while playing a key role in securing the 16.8 (104) to 11.5 (71) victory for the Tigers.

The hosts found themselves trailing by four points at three-quarter time, but they nailed seven goals to the Mustangs' one in the final quarter to come away with a stirring fourth consecutive win.

Mandurah looked up for the fight when they slotted the first two goals of the day, but majors to Robert Bird, Riley Vidovich and Nathan Bann helped Pinajrra take the lead by quarter time.

Brock O'Brien was among Pinjarra's best players. Photo: Justin Rake.

Brock O'Brien was among Pinjarra's best players. Photo: Justin Rake.

The second term belonged to the Mustangs, though, as they edged Pinajrra out with a four-goal to one effort helping them assume the lead by half time.

Each side booted an identical three goals, three behinds in the third term as solid form from Nathan Thomas and Matthew Bennell helped Mandurah retain their advantage.

But the fourth was a wave of yellow and black, as the Tigers flexed their muscles in a show of strength over their opponents.

Braddon Kazakoff saw Pinjarra hit the front with the first goal of the quarter, and Michael Hansen followed suit to give the side some breathing space.

Mandurah's lone goal of the quarter saw them trim the lead back to single digits, but Nixon Purser, Vidovich and Brett Milward pushed it back out before a pair of Galloway goals ended the game.

The loss ends the Mustangs' run of three straight wins, but they remain comfortably placed in the top five three wins ahead of the Falcons in sixth.

Pinjarra meanwhile continues to clutch to their top-two spot, with a 10-2 record, but they'll face the Rockingham side snapping at their heels in what looms as an epic after the one-week break.



P. Galloway 4, R. Vidovich 2, B. Milward 2, N. Bann, M. Hansen, J. McNamara, N. Purser, M. Brown, C. Milward, R. Bird, B. Kazakoff


M. Bennell 4, A. McLeod 3, I. Lyndon 2, J. Calver, S. Puls



P. Galloway, R. Bird, B. O''Brien, J. Bowman, K. May, B. Milward


N. Thomas, M. Bennell, J. Burkett, B. Cowdray, M. White, M. Mulcahy