Har­vey hopes third time’s a charm

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - HARVEY BULLS’ FINALS CAMPAIGN - Mitchell Woodcock

FOR a third-straight year the Har­vey Bulls have made the South West Foot­ball League fi­nals and once again they will need to win three straight games to make the grand fi­nal.

This week­end the Bulls take on Au­gusta-Mar­garet River at the Har­vey Re­cre­ation Cen­tre in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal on Satur­day.

The Bulls head into the fi­nals cam­paign in solid form and have a num­ber of play­ers at their best.

Mid­fielder Thomas Smith has been sneak­ing for­ward to kick goals, Bren­don Jones has set­tled in his new po­si­tion at half back, while Brett Loft­house is be­ing utilised as a swing­man, play­ing in ei­ther de­fence or up for­ward.

But the Hawks seem­ingly have their num­ber, de­feat­ing the Bulls by 24 points at Gloucester Park back in round 16.

If they are to over­come the Hawks, the Bulls will need to stop the mid­field pres­ence of the Payne boys – Steven, Ja­cob and Mitchell.

The trio has been in omi­nous form and has helped the Hawks to a strong back half of the sea­son, which has seen them win their past seven games and storm into the top five.

The Bulls can take some con­fi­dence into the match, hav­ing beaten the Hawks in round seven by 67 points at the Har­vey Re­cre­ation Ground.

Coach Paul Fim­mano said he was “rapt with the sea­son”.

“It is not just the league you look at, but our re­serves have been com­pet­i­tive and the colts are get­ting stronger,” he said.

Fim­mano said the lo­cal play­ers had stood up this year.

“Look at lit­tle Jaxon Egan, he has been good,” he said.

“Then you look at Kyle Hick­man, he is lead­ing the ruck at 19.

“They are all not just play­ing, but they are con­tribut­ing.”

Fim­mano said he be­lieved his team had the edge against the Hawks this week­end as they were in their third-straight elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

“We know how to get our­selves up and I am con­fi­dent in my boys,” he said.

The Bulls have won four of their past six fi­nals, with each one ba­si­cally an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

Fim­mano said his side “em­braced” fi­nals and were not over­awed.

“We have a lot of be­lief our style of foot­ball holds up in fi­nals and there is a lot of proof,” he said.

Fim­mano said hav­ing a key for­ward in Adam Boone would help them this sea­son.

“Hav­ing a key for­ward as well as hav­ing the flex­i­bil­ity to move Lofty or ( Dar­ren) Rum­ble up there gives us flex­i­bil­ity,” he said.

Dean Miller has been one of the Har­vey Bulls’ best play­ers this sea­son.

Mark Cheru­bino’s ex­pe­ri­ence will be needed dur­ing Septem­ber.

Har­vey Bulls mid­fielder Bren­don Jones will be vi­tal to the Bulls’ fi­nals cam­paign.

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