TEAMS’ ROAD TO BIG GAME
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.