SWFL 2022: Bunbury colts confident of causing an upset against red-hot Panthers

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Baiden Parsons was handy for the Bulldogs last Sunday.
Camera IconBaiden Parsons was handy for the Bulldogs last Sunday. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Reigning premiers Carey Park appear to be warm favourites heading into Sunday’s colts grand final against Bunbury at Hands Oval.

After claiming the minor premiership, the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs 13.7 (85) to 8.6 (54) in the second semifinal a fortnight ago.

However Bunbury coach Troy Hollands, who together with his coaches took a lot out of the game, has shed some light on to why the Bulldogs could have an edge on grand final day.

“A lot of people do not realise we have played with low numbers all year,” he said.

“Our colts have basically been playing with no bench for the majority of the season to compensate lower numbers at junior levels.

“This group of men? Their heart, commitment and willingness to work hard week-in, week-out with no bench has been fantastic.

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“They have done it the hard way and I have got so much respect for them.

“And I think at this time of year, this will hold them in good stead. I feel they believe in each other, I believe in them and we are ready to go.”

While the Panthers rested last weekend, Bunbury defeated Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault by five points in the preliminary final, following two periods of extra time.

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