In-form teams clash for top three place
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.
Bunbury forward Brett Peake booted three goals the last time the Bulldogs took on the Harvey Bulls.