South Western Times

Close game likely for action-starved rivals

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Saturday’s SWFL women’s clash between Harvey-BrunswickL­eschenault and the Eaton Boomers at Brunswick Oval has all the makings of a close game.

Aside from both sides being very evenly matched, all players will have an extra incentive to put in a solid four-quarter shift.

Due to quirks in the competitio­n fixture and COVID-19 disruption­s, both sides were starved of action during the opening month of the season.

After playing Bunbury in round one, the Boomers won on forfeit against Carey Park the following week, before a pandemic-related break and general bye kept them on the sidelines for another fortnight.

The Lions were unlucky enough to have two byes sandwiched inside the opening five rounds of the campaign, along with the pandemic break. Last time both sides met, the Lions held on for a slender 3.0 (18) to 2.5 (17) victory over the Boomers, courtesy of a late Brittany Gliddon goal.

A lack of polish in the forward line continues to plague the Lions, who have found it difficult to generate consistent scoreboard pressure over the past 12 months without a genuine key forward.

If they are able to minimise unforced errors, the Boomers have every opportunit­y to break their 2021 season duck.

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