Footy round-up for mid-sea­son

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Justin Fris

At the mid­way point of the 2017 North Mid­lands Foot­ball League sea­son, three clubs have firmed as gen­uine pre­mier­ship con­tenders.

Min­genew, last sea­son’s de­feated grand fi­nal­ists, lead the way but have Mo­rawa and reign­ing pre­miers Don­gara firmly in their rear-vi­sion mir­ror.

Coorow-Latham have been a feel-good story this sea­son un­der Matt Bur­ley and ap­pear to be on course to join them in the fi­nals, while Car­namah-Peren­jori and Three Springs have also had their mo­ments.

Min­genew (First, 9-1)

The Bull­dogs have been in sparkling form so far in 2017, with the only blip on their radar be­ing a loss to Don­gara back in round 4. De­spite sev­eral de­par­tures over the off-sea­son, still have a very even spread of tal­ent across all ar­eas of the ground.

Gifted young­sters James Van­der­schuit, Kobe Simp­son and James Demp­ster have car­ried on from their ex­cel­lent form this sea­son, along with the ex­pe­ri­enced Wes Swift.

Show no signs of slow­ing down and look set to make another grand final ap­pear­ance, although they will face two stern tests in the final fort­night of the sea­son.

Re­main­ing games: Three Springs (home), Coorow-Latham (away), Mo­rawa (home), Don­gara (away)

Mo­rawa (Sec­ond, 7-3)

Hav­ing another stel­lar sea­son un­der the guid­ance of Josh Mills.

Have played some breath­tak­ing foot­ball in 2017, which in­cluded a new NMFL final score record of 46.9 (285) against Car­namah-Peren­jori last month.

Young­ster An­toine Gartlett has been a scin­til­lat­ing pres­ence in the for­ward line, while Alan Egan and Henry Little have also im­pressed.

Look odds-on for a top two fin­ish and will be hop­ing to clear the pre­lim­i­nary final hur­dle this sea­son.

Re­main­ing games: Coorow-Latham (home), Car­namah-Peren­jori (away), Min­genew (away) Three Springs (home), Don­gara (away)

Don­gara (Third, 7-3)

The Ea­gles are in a good place head­ing into the sec­ond half of the sea­son, although their na­ture of vic­tory has been dif­fer­ent at times.

Suf­fered a sur­prise away loss to Coorow-Latham in round 3, although they bounced right back with a win over Min­genew the fol­low­ing week. Luke Dove and Michael Mel­som have shone again in the mid­field, while Dan McGui­ness has been po­tent in at­tack. Will fea­ture deep in the fi­nals se­ries, bar­ring a cat­a­strophic col­lapse. Re­main­ing games: Car­namah-- Peren­jori (home), Three Springs (away), Coorow-Latham (home -Peren­jori), Min­genew (home)

Coorow-Latham (Fourth, 5-5)

Have been a real suc­cess story this sea­son. Coach Matt Bur­ley has con­tin­ued on Gar­rick Yan­dle’s hard yards, with their young­sters ap­ply­ing them­selves well.

Had 11 play­ers rep­re­sent North Mid­lands dur­ing the re­gional round opener against Cen­tral Wheat­belt. Have sealed fi­nals foot­ball af­ter last week­end’s mas­sive win over Three Springs, although they have a very dif­fi­cult block of games com­ing up.

Re­main­ing games: Mo­rawa (away), Min­genew (home), Don­gara (away), Car­namah-Peren­jori (home), Three Springs (away)

Car­namah-Peren­jori (Fifth, 1-9)

It’s been a chal­leng­ing year for the Roos, although their over­all ef­fort and at­ti­tude can­not be faulted.

Have strug­gled with num­bers at time this sea­son although those who have played have given full com­mit­ment. Had plenty of pos­i­tives dur­ing their round 3 vic­tory over Three Springs, although they have been un­able to win a game since then.

Re­main­ing games: Don­gara (away), Mo­rawa (home - Peren­jori), Three Springs (away), Cooow-Latham (away), Min­genew (home -Car­namah)

Three Springs (Sixth, 1-9)

Un­der the guid­ance of Dean Maw­son, the Bombers have shown un­ri­valled com­mit­ment on the train­ing track — they started be­fore ev­ery­one else and have had ex­cel­lent num­bers through­out.

Their lad­der po­si­tion doesn’t re­flect the ef­fort they put in each week. An ex­am­ple of this was back in round 8, when off the back of a strong start, the Bombers recorded an em­phatic vic­tory over the Roos.

Maw­son will con­tinue to en­cour­age them to keep be­liev­ing in their abil­ity, re­gard­less of op­po­si­tion.

Re­main­ing games: Min­genew (away), Don­gara (home), Car­namah-Peren­jori (home), Mo­rawa (away), Coorow-Latham (home)

Coorow-Latham’s Lo­gan McDon­ald, 15, made his league de­but against Car­namah-Peren­jori ear­lier this year.

Pic­tures: Lois Thomas

Wes Swift, of Min­genew, has been in ex­cel­lent form for the Bull­dogs this sea­son.

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