South Western Times - - Front Page - Mitchell Woodcock

THE race for the in­au­gu­ral South West Foot­ball League women’s premiership is down to two teams, with Bun­bury and the Har­vey Bulls to fight it out for the top prize.

Both sides have been the bench­mark of the com­pe­ti­tion all year and fit­tingly they will bat­tle for the first premiership.

The Bull­dogs fin­ished the sea­son as mi­nor pre­miers and set the stan­dard with their 33-point win over the Bulls in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal just two weeks ago.

But Bulls coach Bernie Mur­nane be­lieved the fact his side had not played for a month prior to the game had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the way they per­formed.

“I think the week­end’s game helped us enor­mously,” he said.

Mur­nane knows Bun­bury cap­tain-coach and in­au­gu­ral Nola Marino medal­list Tr­ish Lake will present a prob­lem for the Bulls, but be­lieves they can stop her to win the premiership.

The last time the two sides met, Lake booted all four goals and has kicked 41 ma­jors to this point of the sea­son.

“As a team we have to stop the de­liv­ery to her (Lake),” Mur­nane said.

“We have to win it out of the mid­dle and get it going our way.”

Lake ad­mit­ted be­ing the cap­tain-coach and Nola Marino medal­list added pres­sure to her to per­form on Sun­day.

“I have to over­come that and step up in fi­nals,” she said.

Lake said de­spite hold­ing the Bulls score­less in their last meet­ing, she would not take them lightly.

“They have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence, with some girls hav­ing played for a long time,” she said.

Lake said the best as­set of her team was their spread and abil­ity for mul­ti­ple play­ers to im­pact the con­test.

“It is not just up to the in­di­vid­u­als,” she said.

“Hope­fully we can just con­tinue our run and carry style of play. We have worked a lot on our fit­ness in the last three to four weeks for this.”

The mid­field bat­tle is set to be an in­ter­est­ing one, with Bun­bury’s Karen Cow­ley to go headto-head with Bulls tough nut Larissa Ver­saci.

Mur­nane said de­spite Cow­ley’s abil­ity to im­pact the con­test, he would not put all his fo­cus into her.

“We do not tag any­one,” he said.

Lake said the re­spon­si­bil­ity in the mid­field would not just rest on Cow­ley.

“Our team has a lot of depth and we do not rely on one or two play­ers,” she said.

Mur­nane said the ad­di­tion of Court­ney Bayliss to the side in the fi­nals helped their team struc­ture.

“She adds plenty of height to our side,” he said.

Mur­nane said he hoped there was plenty of sup­port­ers at the ground on Sun­day for the big game.

Bun­bury's Karen Cow­ley will be im­por­tant in the mid­field for the Bull­dogs.

Har­vey Bulls on-baller Larissa Ver­saci is going to need to have a big game if the Bulls are to win.

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