Lions hope to continue good form

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Chantelle Fontana sends the Eagles forward on Sunday, as Bulls’ Rebecca Fry attempts to spoil.
Camera IconChantelle Fontana sends the Eagles forward on Sunday, as Bulls’ Rebecca Fry attempts to spoil. Credit: Justin Fris

The big storyline for this weekend’s round of SWFLW action is whether Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault can leapfrog Busselton into fourth spot.

Seemingly out of the race four weeks ago, the Lions have kept on winning to give themselves every chance, while the Magpies have dropped back-to-back games against South Bunbury and Bunbury.

With a handy percentage buffer of 7.1 in their favour, coupled with Busselton having a bye, a convincing victory over the Collie Eagles at Brunswick Oval on Saturday would leave the Magpies with a mountain to climb next Sunday against the Harvey Bulls at home.

But the Eagles are no easy-beats and will give the Lions a run for their money.

Although they have been hampered by lacking a key forward, the Eagles have held their own in general play against several top-four sides, with their appetite for physical contests a testament to their endeavour.

After falling away against the Bulls in the first half on Sunday at the Collie Recreation Ground, the Eagles held them to three goals for the remainder of the game and forced the Bulls to reinvent their attacks into the forward line.

Eagles enforcer Tekanakana Jack-Tui has been one of the players of the season and it will be good to see her battle with the likes of Logan Triplett and Brittany Gliddon.

At Hands Oval, a huge match up also looms between unbeaten South Bunbury and reigning premiers Bunbury.

Aided by several notable recruits, the Tigers haven’t skipped a beat this season and pounded the Bulldogs by 75 points when both sides met in round seven.

The Bulldogs, who had lost only once in two years prior to the clash, were held scoreless for three quarters in one of the most incredible SWFLW games to date.

If they want to push for a three-peat, the Bulldogs first need to improve on that performance and take some momentum heading into the finals, as it’s very likely that both sides will cross paths again.

Should the Bulldogs lose, the Harvey Bulls will seal second spot if they defeat bottom-placed Carey Park at the Harvey Recreation Ground later in the day.

On Sunday, Donnybrook’s women’s team will take on the Eaton Boomers in a scratch match at VC Mitchell Park.

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