Tigers and Pies in big push

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Chantelle Fontana casts her eye downfield as the Panthers defence closes in.
Camera IconChantelle Fontana casts her eye downfield as the Panthers defence closes in. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

South Bunbury and Busselton have the opportunity to extend their unbeaten starts to the 2019 SWFL women’s competition on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, who survived a one-point victory over the Harvey Bulls on Sunday, should have gained plenty from the tense struggle and be primed for another impressive showing.

They will travel to Kelly Park and take on a Panthers side, which was comprehensively outplayed by the Collie Eagles who are emerging as a real surprise packet this season.

A big component of the Tigers’ success this season under Maxwell Jetta has been their willingness to play cohesive football and attack the ball carrier with unrivalled vigour.

With a bye looming, Saturday’s test against the Panthers provides an excellent opportunity for Jetta’s side to construct another four-quarter performance and cement their position in the top two.

The Magpies, who finished 8-6 last season, have shown a real appetite for goal this season — with their accuracy a real talking point.

But travelling to the Collie Recreation Ground is never easy and Matt Grosse’s side will take on an Eagles side who have won back-to-back matches.

This match should be determined in the middle of the ground, with both teams having several players who can grab a game by the scruff of the neck.

One match-up which would be worth the price of admission alone would be in-form duo Estelle Dragstra and Eagles skipper Tahlia Dawson-Gibbs lining up on each other. Both players are firmly in line to be selected for SWFL country week honours, should their form continue.

On Sunday afternoon, reigning premiers Bunbury will endeavour to move off the bottom of the table, when they travel to Eaton and face the Boomers.

Because of the nature of the fixture, the Bulldogs have only played one match in 2019, which ended in a 47-point loss to the Harvey Bulls in round one.

In order for the Boomers to challenge the Bulldogs, Shannon Hill and Olivia Sabourne need to replicate their efforts from last week against the Magpies.

Fixtures

Saturday, May 4

3.10pm: Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault v Harvey Bulls at Brunswick Oval, Carey Park v South Bunbury at Kelly Park.

3.45pm: Collie Eagles v Busselton at Collie Recreation Ground.

Sunday, May 5

1.10pm: Eaton Boomers v Bunbury at Glen Huon Reserve.

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