Dogs to muz­zle spear­head

South Western Times - - Sport - Justin Fris

Bun­bury have iden­ti­fied in-form Tigers su­per­boot Leigh Kohlmann as a man they must shut down ahead of Sun­day’s pres­ti­gious Syd Jack­son-Max McGuire Cup at Payne Park.

A mo­men­tous day for both the Bun­bury and South Bun­bury foot­ball clubs, Bull­dogs coach Jamie Nani said the derby was one of the most sig­nif­i­cant of the sea­son. “It’s a mas­sive day,” he said. “It’s recog­ni­tion of two of our most fa­mous in­dige­nous foot­ballers to have come out of the area.

“Max is ar­guably the best foot­baller the Bun­bury Footy Club has ever seen and I’ve spent a lot of time around the McGuire fam­ily.

“It means a fair bit to me and also the Bun­bury Foot­ball Club.”

Nani said his side would be keen to nul­lify the ef­fec­tive­ness of Kohlmann, who booted eight goals last Satur­day against the Har­vey Bulls, how­ever over­all team fo­cus had not shifted at train­ing dur­ing the week. “We won’t do any­thing dif­fer­ent,” he said. “We’ve got a pro­gram we’ve been work­ing through for the last four weeks and we won’t de­vi­ate away from that or our style of footy as it’s ob­vi­ously been ef­fec­tive over the last four or five weeks.”

Tigers coach David Obal said he was pleased with how his younger play­ers stood up against the Bulls but was aware of how po­tent the Bull­dogs could be when fir­ing.

“A lot of the younger guys got in­volved which was re­ally good,” he said. “Hope­fully they can do the same this week. Ob­vi­ously, Bun­bury have got a bit of power that we have got to take care of — (Jessie) Grib­ble, (Brett) Peake and (Matthew) Mar­tin — th­ese sort of guys.

“It’s go­ing to be a big game and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

Obal said the sig­nif­i­cance of the Jack­son-McGuire Cup was shared by the Tigers, al­though vic­tory could also go a long way to en­sur­ing fi­nals foot­ball in 2018.

“It’s pretty im­por­tant for us to win be­cause we are still in the mix of three or four sides still fight­ing for a po­si­tion in the five, so it’s a big game for us.”

Both sides were direct and pos­i­tive in at­tack dur­ing their re­spec­tive vic­to­ries last week­end, which will mean some­thing has to give.

Fore­casts in­di­cate a clear week­end, which should en­sure a fast deck and min­imise ex­ces­sive stop­pages.

Har­vey-Bruns­wick-Leschenault coach Derek Hall is un­der no il­lu­sions ahead of his side’s visit to Kelly Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon to face the Pan­thers.

The Lions must win on Satur­day to re­main in the fi­nals hunt, how­ever even then it may not be enough.

“If we drop one from here on in we are prob­a­bly his­tory,” he said. “And hav­ing a look at the fix­tur­ing over the next three weeks, even if we man­age to win the next three it’s no cer­tainty we will drop into the five ei­ther.

“It’s all about tak­ing each game at a time – but with Carey Park, I sup­pose they haven’t been in the best of form of late but they’ll be keen to claim a few scalps be­fore the year is out.

“So hope­fully the boys can come with the same at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment they showed last week and we can move a step closer to hope­fully se­cur­ing a fi­nals berth.”

Hall said the Pan­thers had plenty of match win­ners evenly spread across their spine.

“Timmy Yar­ran has been a very good player for them all year in the mid­field,” he said. “If you look down back, they’ve had a fella called Sam Read who has been play­ing on the good for­wards weekin, week-out.

“And Riese Wilkey has been in the top half a dozen goal­kick­ers in the league this year – so those three are guys we will have to put a bit of time into this week and hope­fully nul­lify their in­flu­ence.

Far­ther up South Western High­way, Har­vey Bulls host Col­lie with the Ea­gles rid­ing high af­ter end­ing Carey Park’s slim fi­nals as­pi­ra­tions last week.

The Bulls strug­gled to move the ball for­ward at Hands Oval against the Tigers last Satur­day and Bulls coach Bren­dan Jones will be keen for his men to re­spond pos­i­tively.

In the re­main­ing game of the round, Bus­sel­ton en­ter­tain Au­gusta-Mar­garet River at Bovell Park for the Bus­sel­ton Toy­ota Cup.

There will also be plenty on the line at the Glen Huon Re­serve on Sun­day, when sec­ond placed Ea­ton Boomers host league lead­ers Don­ny­brook.

The Boomers, who had five late omis­sions, fell away in the fi­nal term against Au­gusta-Mar­garet River by 10 points while the Dons sim­ply had a dirty day against the Bull­dogs at Payne Park.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Ke­haan, Pax­ton and Isharnd Lange-McGuire with the spe­cial guernsey to be worn for the Syd Jack­son-Max McGuire Cup game.

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