Footy round-up for mid-season
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.
Wes Swift, of Mingenew, has been in excellent form for the Bulldogs this season.