Revenge not on coach’s mind

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Revenge is not on the minds of the Harvey Bulls’ players ahead of today’s clash against South Bunbury, according to coach Paul Fimmano.

The Bulls will meet the Tigers for the first time since last year’s preliminary final, when the reigning premiers handed the visitors a 42-point loss at Hands Oval.

Despite the Tigers finishing the Bulls’ season, Fimmano said his team was just concentrating on grabbing a win at the Harvey Recreation Ground.

“I just want to beat them because they are an obstacle on our way to the finals,” he said.

The Bulls are hoping recruit Adam Boone is cleared in time to play this weekend to replace Llane Spaanderman who left the club after playing just three games.

Coming from Koorda in the Central Wheatbelt Football League, Boone is an experienced forward and ruckman, who played 27 games for Peel Thunder.

He will be a handy addition to an already tall Bulls side, who will have to contend with the Tigers’ key position players – Brynn Francis (19 goals), ruckman Dale Wiklinson and forward Leigh Kohlmann.

Fimmano said he had plenty of options to go against Francis, with Brett Lofthouse, Darren Rumble, Kyle Hickman or Zetland Marino, all capable of playing on the competition’s leading goalkicker.

Tigers coach Mark Docking believes the game will be won by team that wins the contested ball.

“We certainly have the ability to win the game on the inside,” he said.

“We are missing a few players in the midfield, but we have the depth to cover that.”

Docking said he would consider tagging Bulls midfielder Brendon Jones, who played a stellar game at the weekend.

“Craig Hutcheson has shown he can do the job before, so he may get a run,” Docking said.

He said his side had too many “passengers” in their loss to Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault, but expects his senior players to rebound from the poor performance.

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