Bull­dogs at full-strength for clash

South Western Times - - Football - Mitchell Wood­cock

There are play­ers you have to put some at­ten­tion into. But they have to put some at­ten­tion into some of our play­ers as well. - Bun­bury coach Jamie Nani

BUN­BURY is ex­pected to field a full-strength out­fit for its sec­ond semi-fi­nal clash against Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault at Payne Park on Sun­day.

Coach Jamie Nani con­firmed Harry Creasey would join the team after re­turn­ing from East Fre­man­tle, while Pa­trick Far­rant and Ai­dan Clarke would play for the Bull­dogs, de­spite be­ing part of Swan Dis­tricts colts win at the week­end. “They played there be­cause we had the bye,” he said.

“I can­not have Clarkey and Patty play­ing up there.”

Nani said Creasey, Far­rant, for­ward Matt Martin, Connor Walker and Asten Preedy would all likely come in to the side after not play­ing in the last game of the sea­son.

Nani said the Li­ons’ run was too quick for the Col­lie Ea­gles at the week­end.

“They were pretty sharp in the sec­ond half,” he said.

“There are play­ers you have to put some at­ten­tion into. But they have to put some at­ten­tion into some of our play­ers as well.”

Nani said Kyle Bassett was in the mix to head in-form for­ward Dy­lan Heas­man, who booted five goals at the week­end.

“We have to make sure that if Kyle gets the job, other guys will need to help him as well,” he said.

Nani said the Bull­dogs would need to be smarter go­ing for­ward than the Ea­gles to stop Li­ons de­fender Ryan McKin­lay from hav­ing an im­pact.

Li­ons coach Derek Hall said young for­ward Luke Slater would be in con­tention for se­lec­tion, while for­mer Bris­bane Lion James Hawk­sley was less likely to play again this sea­son due to a calf in­jury which has kept him out for much of the lat­ter half of the year.

“Ob­vi­ously we would love to have him in the side,” he said.

“He hasn’t played a lot of foot­ball lately, so it is more less likely than likely.”

Hall said co-cap­tain Jor­dan Sell would not play this week­end due to a ham­string in­jury he sus­tained against the Ea­gles in the fi­nal round of the sea­son.

Hall said Thomas Quaife would play on Brett Peake this week­end.

“He has played on Peake both times,” he said.

Bounce­down for the game is 2.20pm.

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