Old rivals set to do battle once again
WHILE Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault chase their third-consecutive colts premiership, Bunbury seek retribution to ease the pain of last year’s grand final defeat.
The Bulldogs took all who came before them on their way to the minor premiership, before belting the Lions in the semifinals by 68 points.
Despite their recent dominance, Bunbury coach Troy Hollands is not taking the Lions lightly and said he believed an early season win had their opposition confident they can topple the premiership favourites come this weekend.
“The Lions are a good side and we respect them,” he said. “We are not taking them lightly.
“We have to stick to what we do best and that is play team-orientated and disciplined football.”
Hollands’ Bulldogs boast a powerful midfield that is highlighted by speedsters Tobi Horton and Kai Luzi.
“Tobi played in last year’s grand final loss and I know he is determined to stand up this Sunday,” he said.
“Kai is a ripper kid and just leads by example during every game.”
Lions coach Matt Stevens admitted his team needed to put some time into the Bunbury midfield duo.
“Both those blokes will get some special attention come game day,” he said.
“But the emphasis will be on winning the football.
“We need to have first use of the football and if we use it well then we should control the game.
“The guys who are given jobs on Bunbury’s midfielders will be crucial.
“If we can halve their influence it will be a good start.”
Hollands said forward Coen Bradshaw would be vital to the Dogs’ chances of kicking a winning score.
“I imagine they will throw a spare man in defence like they have the past few times we have played them,” he said.
“But he is certainly capable of standing up.”
Hollands said he would put some time into stopping Lions forward Taine Williams, who has booted 68 goals so far this season.
He also acknowledged ruckman Zavier Williams would need to be stopped.
“They are going to need a fair bit of attention really,” Hollands said.
Both coaches agreed on one thing and that was the game will be fast-paced and free flowing on the open space of Hands Oval.
Bunbury midfielder Tobi Horton will be a pivotal player for the Bulldogs this Sunday.