Bulldogs eye top spot derby prize

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Jon Meadmore and South Bunbury will meet Bunbury on Saturday at Hands Oval for the Syd Jackson-Max McGuire Cup.
Camera IconJon Meadmore and South Bunbury will meet Bunbury on Saturday at Hands Oval for the Syd Jackson-Max McGuire Cup. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

A win over arch-rivals South Bunbury could be made even sweeter for Bunbury who have a chance to climb into top spot on the SWFL ladder.

The Bulldogs sit in second, but are on equal premiership points with Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault, who will face a red-hot Augusta-Margaret River at Brunswick Oval.

But on the Bulldogs’ minds will be the derby and a mission to claim the Syd Jackson-Max McGuire Cup this Saturday at Hands Oval.

The Bulldogs have not lost since round 4 and defeated the Tigers in the Dale Alcock Homes WA Day Derby in round 8 by 15 points after a sensational comeback.

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Bunbury coach Jamie Nani said he was not underestimating the Tigers, despite their recent poor form.

“It is a derby and they are always a tough contest,” he said.

“They are also the reigning premiers so we are expecting a tough battle.”

Nani said he would not “flirt with form” and rest players ahead of the finals.

“We will do what we can from our side of things to make sure we are ready,” he said.

Nani said he was pleased with the depth of the Bulldogs’ midfield and that there was competition for spots heading into what is expected to be a long finals campaign.

“We probably have 10 guys who can run through the midfield,” he said.

“It is handy to have that group if we need it.”

Tigers coach Mark Docking said South Bunbury were expecting a tough game.

“We are expecting some stiff opposition. They are going to give us a good challenge,” he said.

Docking said with finals out of the picture, the club was focusing on getting more games into younger players.

He said teenagers Kade Wallrodt and Ryan Bennell had both been playing good football.

“We want to get more time and experience into our younger players,” he said.

“There is also a couple of guys in the colts that we want to expose to league football,” he said.

“We are not going to play finals so it is really about trying things with different guys.

“The more time they play, the more improvement they get.”

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