Classic in store as teams clash

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
In form WAFLW talent Larissa Versace was back on duty for the Harvey Bulls on Sunday and is pictured here tackling Jessica Ruland.
Camera IconIn form WAFLW talent Larissa Versace was back on duty for the Harvey Bulls on Sunday and is pictured here tackling Jessica Ruland. Credit: Jack Gibellini

Sunday afternoon’s SWFL women’s clash between Bunbury and South Bunbury appears to be a classic in the making.

The reigning premier Bulldogs, who have lost only two matches in three seasons, face Maxwell Jetta’s Tigers who are unbeaten in 2019.

Aside from their absorbing rivalry against the Harvey Bulls, this will be arguably the Bulldogs’ toughest opponent in competition history.

The Tigers have injected several quality recruits into their line-up this season and these additions are providing a telling influence in overall results.

One of these recruits – ruck Kate Fielding – again dominated in the middle on Sunday against Busselton, while Nadia Davis showed plenty of promise in the forward line.

Up forward, lively type Claudia Elward has booted nine goals so far this season and will be one player the Bulldogs defence will be keen to keep tabs on.

After receiving an almighty scare last Saturday against Carey Park, John Farr’s Bulldogs will be sure to have been given a jolt and refocused on their upcoming task.

At Collie, both the Eagles and Lions have plenty to play for, as both sides sit a game outside of the top four.

Following a promising start to the season, the Eagles have lost two of their last three and face a challenging task against a Lions side which is relishing a lengthy spell of consecutive matches.

With Busselton having the bye, a win by either team would do wonders and match winners across either team are likely to be the difference.

Brittany Gliddon has done her Marino Medal hopes no harm for the Lions with a stellar start to the season, while teammate Logan Triplett and Eagles ace Tahlia Dawson-Gibbs could also play major roles in deciding the final outcome.

In the remaining game of the round, the Harvey Bulls travel to Kelly Park to face the Panthers knowing that a victory would keep pressure on league leaders South Bunbury.

Fixtures

Saturday, June 1

1.10pm Collie Eagles v Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault at Collie Recreation Ground

3.10pm Carey Park v Harvey Bulls at Kelly Park

Sunday, June 2

1.10pm Bunbury v South Bunbury at Payne Park

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