Three-peat a re­al­ity for in-form colts

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - HARV-BRUNS-LESCH’S FINALS CAMPAIGN - Mitchell Woodcock

A THIRD con­sec­u­tive colts pre­mier­ship for Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault is a re­al­ity af­ter the Lions fin­ished the home-an­d­away sea­son in sec­ond spot.

Af­ter suc­cess­ful years in 2015 and 2016, the Lions are back­ing up well and have lost just three games head­ing into this week’s qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Bus­sel­ton at the Col­lie Re­cre­ation Ground.

Coach Matt Stevens said he be­lieved his side was in with a chance of a pre­mier­ship.

“We still have not prob­a­bly played our best foot­ball,” he said.

“If we can get our best 22 on the oval all at once, we can take it up to all the other con­tenders.”

Stevens said the Lions were a “rea­son­ably quick side” who “re­lied on mov­ing the ball quickly and tak­ing a few risks”.

“We try to play to our strengths,” he said.

“We know where they are and try to go through them as much as we can.”

The Lions ar­guably have two of the best for­wards in the colts com­pe­ti­tion, with Taine Wil­liams (63 goals) and Tom Kelly (34 goals) both hav­ing out­stand­ing sea­sons.

Stevens said the duo would play a big roll in their suc­cess. “They will be vi­tal,” he said. “We might not have them as they could get a league game. “But if we do they will be vi­tal. “Our mid­field’s abil­ity to win the con­tested ball and give them plenty of op­por­tu­nity will also be vi­tal as well.”

Stevens said Bus­sel­ton were sim­i­lar to his side, in that they were quick and had a num­ber of “good run­ners”. “We will have to be ac­count­able,” he said.

“The team who could go one- on-one bet­ter against the other teams would have a big chance to pull it off.

“Both times we have played Bus­sel­ton this year they have had good play­ers out and we have man­aged to beat them twice.

“But at full strength, it could be a dif­fer­ent story.”

Stevens said se­lec­tion is­sues were not too bad de­spite a num­ber of colts play­ing in the re­serves and league.

“It is some­thing we have dealt with all year,” he said.

Pic­tures: Jon Gell­weiler

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault will be hope­ful Kristin Thorn­ton will be avail­able for the fi­nals.

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault’s colts team is search­ing for a third straight pre­mier­ship in 2017.

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