Bulldogs wary of Boomers

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Jarrod Humphries looms as a big threat for the Bulldogs on Sunday.
Camera IconJarrod Humphries looms as a big threat for the Bulldogs on Sunday.

Bunbury Football Club league coach Jamie Nani is wary of the fleet-footed Eaton Boomers ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Glen Huon Reserve.

Both sides fought out a captivating qualifying final at Payne Park last season and Nani believes his side cannot allow the Boomers to damage them across the ground with their pace.

“They play high-octane footy that’s for sure,” he said.

“They have some classy footballers and they have some leg speed as well. We have to stop them getting a run on – you don’t want them to kick a goal and then have it turn into multiples.”

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One man the Bulldogs will have to quell is mercurial Boomers forward Jarrod Humphries, who has booted 17 goals across the first three rounds of the season.

“He’s kicking goals and he has got to be in your thoughts definitely,” Nani said. “But there are other guys in their side as well that we need to put time into.”

Nani was pleased with how his side responded against Donnybrook on Saturday, which resulted in the Bulldogs claiming the Peter Betti Cup.

And in light of the big weekend, the Bulldogs coach has another problem – plenty of players at both reserves and colts level who are in good form.

“There are three guys who played in round one or two that could potentially come back into the side this week,” Nani said.

“Aside from that, there are plenty of reserves players that are putting their hands up to play as well.”

Boomers coach Brett Maguire is excited that despite his side being unbeaten, they will get another opportunity to pit themselves against another finals contender.

“They have played in the last two grand finals and they are a very confident group. We are keen to see where we are at,” he said.

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