In-form teams clash for top three place

South Western Times - - Football - Mitchell Woodcock

A TOP three spot is on the line this Sun­day when the com­pe­ti­tion’s two form sides, Bun­bury and Harvey Bulls, bat­tle at the Harvey Recre­ation Cen­tre.

Bun­bury have won their past seven games and have not lost since round 4, while record­ing draws against Carey Park and Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenaul­t in rounds 5 and 7.

Mean­while, the Bulls have turned their sea­son around after los­ing their first two games, win­ning nine of their last 12 games.

The last time these two teams met in round 5, it was the Bull­dogs who walked away with a close two­point win at Payne Park, fin­ish­ing strongly to kick three goals to one in the fi­nal term.

Bun­bury coach Jamie Nani be­lieves both teams have changed a lot since then and there “is a lot to play for”.

Nani said it was a chal­lenge to plan for the Bulls, with the ver­sa­til­ity of their side one of their pos­i­tive at­tributes.

“We are com­fort­able with our back half and be­lieve we can han­dle any­thing they throw at us,” he said.

Nani said he was pleased with the op­tions his side had up forward, with five play­ers hav­ing kicked more than 10 goals this sea­son.

Brett Peake (35 goals) leads the pack, with Matt Martin (27), Pa­trick Far­rant (20), Braiden McMullen (18) and Ai­dan Clarke (12) also con­tribut­ing well this sea­son.

“It is handy to have var­i­ous op­tions up forward,” he said.

“If one guy kicks three and a few kick a cou­ple, then we get some goals from the mid­field, well you are well on your way to hav­ing kicked the 14 to 15 goals you need.”

Martin is just four goals away from kick­ing 500 South West Foot­ball League ca­reer goals.

Bulls coach Paul Fim­mano said a win would ce­ment his side a place in the fi­nals, but they wanted to claim a spot in­side the top-three and a dou­ble chance.

Fim­mano con­firmed the Bulls would be with­out Nic Car­ney (shoulder) and Rhys Anzellino this week­end, while forward Adam Boone was a “50-50” chance to play.

He said the ef­forts of the Bulls’ mid­field had “pleased” him in the past three weeks and he be­lieved they would be tested on Sun­day.

“They have been un­be­liev­able for the past month,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury forward Brett Peake booted three goals the last time the Bull­dogs took on the Harvey Bulls.

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