SWFL 2022: Jesse Gribble returns to fire Bunbury home against gallant Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault

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Justin FrisHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Reid Kinninmont shows his technique.
Camera IconReid Kinninmont shows his technique. Credit: Breanna Redhead

It has not been an ideal year for Bunbury champion Jesse Gribble, who has spent extended time on the sidelines getting his body right.

A ball magnet who loves hitting the scoreboard for his beloved Bulldogs, Gribble returned to the field on Saturday at Brunswick Oval, on the back of a wave of support from family, friends and teammates.

This unwavering faith in the champion paid off, with Gribble booting four goals in Bunbury’s 11.10 (76) to 5.3 (33) win over Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault.

On a day where the Lions celebrated Brayden Prentice’s 150th game, the home side began brightly, with stoppages becoming the norm in general play.

With Lions ruckman Jack Fletcher having a brilliant game in the corridor, the home side had no shortage of opportunities to generate scoreboard pressure, however a number of their forward entries were far too shallow.

Leading by eight points at the final change, the Bulldogs signed off from their Brunswick trip in style, booting six of the last seven goals.

It was not all doom and gloom for the Lions’ faithful however — as Prentice, who ran onto the ground with his three daughters, played his heart out, while Ben Ablett was also solid.

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