Bulls look to repeat effort against Dogs

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Taneika Handley gets her kick away for the Bulls during last Saturday's pre-season clash at Payne Park as Lotti Stepnall (Bunbury) moves in to apply pressure.
Camera IconTaneika Handley gets her kick away for the Bulls during last Saturday's pre-season clash at Payne Park as Lotti Stepnall (Bunbury) moves in to apply pressure. Credit: Justin Fris

The Harvey Bulls will be determined to show the SWFL women’s competition that last Saturday’s convincing 27-point victory over Bunbury in the 2019 Brooke Fiore Hair and Tanning pre-season competition was no fluke.

Both sides, who have fought out several absorbing clashes since the competition’s inception, are likely to add to their storied rivalry on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulls punctuated their dominance over the Bulldogs with relentless pressure, which was coupled by an insatiable appetite to run and carry through the corridor.

With this direct brand of football, Bulls ball magnets Rebecca Fry and Harmony Staszewski-Hose provided excellent service to the forward line, who converted emphatically in front of goal.

Although they had their colours lowered in the grand final by South Bunbury, the Bulls will arguably go into the match as slight favourites, although the Bulldogs under new coach Jon Farr will be no easy proposition.

At Sir Stewart Bovell Park, both the Magpies and Lions have an ideal opportunity to capture a victory which could set them on the path to glory.

The Lions, who will be coached by Tristan Maslin this season, showed plenty of promise throughout the carnival while the Magpies faithful will be banking on impressive utility Estelle Dragstra to again lead her teammates from the front.

Collie Eagles and Eaton Boomers complete the round on Sunday afternoon, with the Eagles tipped to be one of the big improvers in 2019.

With the fearless presence of Tahlia Dawson-Gibbs in the air and Brooklyn Nelson working diligently at ground level guiding them, the home side will fancy their chances.

Fixtures

Saturday: 3.20pm Harvey Bulls v Bunbury at Harvey Recreation Oval, Busselton v Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault at Sir Stewart Bovell Park. Sunday: 1.10pm Collie Eagles v Eaton Boomers at Collie Recreation Ground

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