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It’s been an ex­cel­lent sea­son for the Don­ny­brook Foot­ball Club, fin­ish­ing as the 2018 SWFL mi­nor pre­miers.

Even if they did take a few weeks to get go­ing.

The Dons fell to Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault by three points in round one, be­fore slid­ing to 0-2 after a 40 point home loss to Au­gusta-Mar­garet River.

How­ever, Julian Burgess and his coach­ing staff kept the faith in their squad - and for good rea­son.

Hit­ting their groove, the Dons mo­tored their way to a nine game win­ning streak by play­ing some scin­til­lat­ing foot­ball.

In the mid­dle, Chris At­thowe re­ceived plenty of at­ten­tion due to his high work rate, while Jace Cor­mack and Sa­mual Lowrie were also reg­u­larly among their side’s best.

In the ruck, Stephen Beal won his fair share of con­tests against some of the best op­pos­ing big men in the league as the Dons fi­nalised their push for Septem­ber.

A trip to Payne Park in round 15 against the Bull­dogs ended in a dis­ap­point­ing 10.12 (72) to 7.3 (45) loss, with the Dons’ skill level out-of-sorts on the day.

They would be pushed in the fi­nal three rounds of the sea­son against Ea­ton Boomers, Bus­sel­ton and Carey Park - with all sides ral­ly­ing hard against them late in the fi­nal quar­ter.

There were no such headaches in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal how­ever, with the Dons com­fort­ably de­feat­ing the Bull­dogs by 26 points and earn­ing a di­rect path to Sun­day’s de­cider.

Dons coach Julian Burgess.

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