Bulls will need to be on song to tame Panthers

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Jed Kemp sends the Magpies deep into attack during Sunday’s win over South Bunbury.
Camera IconJed Kemp sends the Magpies deep into attack during Sunday’s win over South Bunbury. Credit: Sophie Elliott

Carey Park sit out of the top five on percentage and know they need to keep winning in order to remain in the hunt.

Despite a tough second half against the Bulldogs at the weekend, Richard Barnard’s men remained competitive for lengthy periods and will be aiming to replicate this effort on Saturday against the Harvey Bulls at Kelly Park.

It was another tough afternoon for the Bulls against the Eaton Boomers, who showed no mercy.

Although the Bulls are never short of heart or effort, they are having troubles stringing four quarters of quality football together.

With Zane Verhaaf, Rory O’Brien and Jeffrey Carter all in good form, they will need to again lead by example.

In order to dent the Panthers’ hopes, the Bulls will need to ensure that no easy possessions are given away and that they convert all opportunities in front of goal.

At Glen Huon Reserve, a beauty is looming between the Eaton Boomers and Donnybrook.

Although defeated against the Lions on Sunday, the Dons were extremely tough around the contest and have had one of the toughest starts to the season.

The Boomers have looked impressive across all matches in 2019, although this will be one of their sternest tests so far.

One of Donnybrook’s most in-form threats, Sam Lowrie, was relatively quiet on Sunday – something which doesn’t happen too often.

Despite not clearing all of the stoppages, the reigning premiers received excellent service in the ruck from Nicholas Martin – a man that the home side will need to quell at both centre bounces and boundary throw ins.

Victory for the Dons on the road would give them hefty momentum heading into a month of winnable games, while the Boomers can apply further pressure to league leaders Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault.

On Sunday, Matt Jamieson’s Augusta-Margaret River take on southern rivals Busselton at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.

The Hawks are in third spot – flying under the radar, just how Jamieson likes it.

Having instilled a positive club culture across all grades, the Hawks are letting their results on the field do the talking.

A barnstorming 15-minute spell during the first quarter ensured a comfortable win over Collie but Jamieson again lamented his side’s inaccuracy post-game.

He will be acutely aware of the dangers that the Magpies can bring, following their big win over South Bunbury.

Bunbury will also go into Sunday’s Dale Alcock Homes South West Derby against the Tigers at Payne Park as red-hot favourites, while Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenaullt are expected to defeat Collie on the road.

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