Four-quarter performance key for Dogs

South Western Times

Reigning premiers Bunbury will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and keep themselves in touch with the top three when they host Carey Park at Payne Park on Sunday.

Both teams have a 6-5 record this season and the last time they met the Bulldogs held on for a six-point victory, despite Carey Park kicking four final-quarter goals and keeping Bunbury to just two points.

That day two-time Hayward Medallist Jesse Gribble starred, kicking three goals in a best-on-ground performance.

Bunbury coach Jamie Nani said the Bulldogs were set to get a few players back from injury.

“We should have Marto (Matt Martin), (Kyle) Bassett and Boydy (Cullen Boyd) back for this weekend’s game,” he said.

Nani said the Bulldogs needed to start to play four quarters of solid football.

“We are either just winning or getting beaten,” he said.

“We need a four-quarter effort to win.”

Nani said this was an “eight-point game” in the context of the season.

“You drop one and you slip behind, but you win and you get ahead of them,” he said.

“We cannot afford a slip up.”

As the race for finals heats up, a number of games in the next few weeks are expected to be hotly contested.

Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault will be looking to rebound from a string of losses when they take on the Harvey Bulls at the Harvey Recreation Ground on Saturday night, while Donnybrook will be looking to further entrench themselves on the top of the ladder when they host the Collie Eagles.

Surprise packets South Bunbury will take on Augusta-Margaret River, who are just one win outside of the top five, while the Eaton Boomers and Busselton will clash at Glen Huon Reserve.

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