Bunbury and Busselton will both look for finer weather than their round five clash when they face off this Saturday. Picture by Ted May.Collie will want to get back on the winners list when they face the Augusta-Margaret River Hawks this weekend.
Collie’s form of late has been subpar and has caused the Eagles to lose touch with the top five as they now reside 10 premiership points behind Carey Park.
With five games to go it seems unlikely that Collie will make finals, but it’s hard to write off the Eagles since they’ve played in the previous two grand finals.
Nonetheless, the Eagles have claimed only one win since round seven and maintain a 1-5-1 record since then.
But that should all change when this week when they clash with the bottom of the table Hawks.
No doubt that AMR has shown improvement in the later stages this season; they’re a better side than the team that suffered a round one loss to Donnybrook.
But last week will have been a disappointment to AMR.
The Hawks would have expected to be more competitive against Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault but instead the Lions ran out the game comfortable winners.
Like any game, this will all begin in the midfield.
Collie’s midfielders certainly aren’t the classiest in the competition, but they bring a physical presence and a gut-running ability that elevates them over AMR.
Matt Michael and Adam Bignell can be looked at for solid performances here.
Prediction: Collie by 32 points.
Bunbury will be out to keep top spot when they clash with Busselton this Saturday.
These two sides are on very different wave lengths at this point in the season.
Busselton continued their rollercoaster ride of a season last weekend when they demolished Donnybrook to the tune of 95 points.
This follows their single-goal performance against South Bunbury just a week before.
On the other hand, Bunbury has suffered just the one loss this season and remains atop the table in solid form.
Last time these sides was a wet slog in round five resulting in a low scoring 22 point win to Bunbury.
But if the weather permits it, both sides should be able to showcase an abundance of skill this time around.
Led by skipper Jesse Gribble, Bunbury’s midfield moves the ball fast through the corridor to best pin point their dominant forwards.
Grady Byrne, Cam Lamonica, Trent Gribble and Brad Blake make up a quick moving team that can do damage on the rebound.
Simply keeping the ball out of Bunbury’s hands will be Busselton’s first priority and with players like Daniel McGinlay, Jordan Eastwell and Damien Lee, that becomes considerably easier.
It just seems that Bunbury has too many structural players for Busselton to run with.
Prediction: Bunbury by 33 points.
South Bunbury will want to continue its march of domination this week when it faces off with the ninth placed Donnybrook.
South Bunbury’s smallest winning margin in the past six matches is 55 points and since their draw with Eaton in round seven the Tigers have served up nothing but the best.
Unfortunately for Donnybrook, it seems they’ve just been pushed in front of a road train.
Donnybrook is in arguably the worst form in the competition and they will have to fight tooth and nail to simply keep the margin as low as possible in this one.
South Bunbury’s line-up is in premiership winning form and they seem to have filled all the gaps.
Adam Hunter has been a welcome addition with nine goals in the past three matches while Leigh Kohlmann and Brynn Francis continue to kick goals.
In the middle Shaun Crane, Dylan Harper, Matt Giacci and Brett Robinson seem to take turns gathering best player awards, while down back Matt Wilkinson and Travis Gray hold the fort.
But for me the most enjoyable factor in South Bunbury’s game right now is how well their younger players are performing.
Jaxon Bell is having an outstanding year while Braden Piggott continues to impress.
Connor Lammie has also developed well.
Donnybrook will need to pay full attention to every single player in the South Bunbury line-up, and even then it looks to be a struggle.
Prediction: South Bunbury by 90 points.
Carey Park looks set to lengthen their string of wins this Sunday with a home game against Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault.
The Panthers have proven they can topple the giants of the league after beating Bunbury and Eaton in the past fortnight, now they will have to prove they can carry that attitude into games against lower ranked opposition.
Underestimating the Lions could be a disastrous blow for Carey Park.
The Lions have improved greatly in the back half of the year resulting in a tie game with Collie and a five goal win over AMR.
However an up-and-about Carey Park outfit poses a threat on a whole other level.
The work of the Panthers midfield has been well documented over the past two weeks, but it’s their forward line’s progress that has impressed me.
Earlier in the year when the Panthers were suffering from a losing streak, they seemed to have a limited amount of tall timber in the forward line.
With Matt Martin suffering from injuries Carey Park’s small forwards were leaned on heavily.
But now with Martin operating at strong form and the addition of Jordan Aitken, Carey Park’s forward line seems to have gained the boost it needed.
Reese Richardson has also been a welcome addition to the Panthers’ line-up.
The young line-up of HBL will be walking with a certain swagger after strong performances this past fortnight, but they will need to focus solely on this game if they are to be a challenge.
It’s hard to see the Lions coming too close in this game.
Given Carey Park’s form, they should run away with this one.
Prediction: Carey Park by 62 points.
Undoing inconsistent form will be the motto for both of these clubs this Sunday when they clash in Harvey.
If Eaton’s stance as a genuine top-two threat was teetering on a tightrope last week, then it well and truly hit the dirt when the side lost to Carey Park.
Despite a goalless first half to the match, Eaton managed to claw their way back in front, only to be dealt a loss in the dying minutes.
This is not the control and power we are used to seeing from the Boomers.
However a big bounce back from the Boomers is on the cards this week.
Harvey will be disappointed with their 103 point loss to Bunbury last week.
The Bulls would have seen the game as a real opportunity to push Bunbury and keep the margin small.
This means a down on confidence Bulls outfit now has to come up against an angry and embarrassed Eaton side, an equation much out of the Bulls favour.
Eaton’s midfield should be able to run over the top of Harvey’s.
Despite some young talent that runs hard for the Bulls, midfield defending seems to be an issue.
Expecting that the majority of this clash will be played in Eaton’s forward half, then this should be a great opportunity for the Bulls to focus on that.
It will be a good test for the Bulls who will want to see if their young side can bounce back after a large loss.
Prediction: Eaton by 44 points.
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