The first week of the finals will be played over two days, with Brunswick Oval hosting the Qualifying Finals and the Womens First Semi Final, while the Elimination Finals and the Womens Second Semi Final will be played at the Collie Recreation Ground on Sunday.
This all comes off the back on an extraordinary final day of the Home and Away season, which saw numerous changes in all ladders due to the results.
The biggest change was at the top of the League Ladder, which up until today was held by Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, who on Saturday recorded a 67 point win. Bunbury had to win by 69 points in today’s fixture to take top spot, and they would win by 98 points in a hopelessly one-sided fixture, with the winning margin the biggest in the Peter Betti Cup since it started in 2003. Donnybrook were held goal-less in the first half, while Bunbury kicked ten goals to two in the second half, to elevate themselves to the top of the ladder, in front of the biggest crowd of the season.
Busselton who have also held top spot in recent weeks, needed to beat Harvey Bulls by in excess of 100 points to host
a home final, and they fell short, not by much, winning by 78 points, in another lop-sided result in the final round. Busselton had thirty three scoring shots to ten at the Harvey Oval, extending their lead at every change. As a result they will now play the Lions at Brunswick Oval on Saturday in the Qualifying Final, a venue they won at only three weeks ago.
In today’s other crucial clash, for the most part it was very close, with the winner of Collie Eagles and Eaton Boomers getting the chance to host the Elimination Final, after Augusta Margaret River fell out of the running yesterday. In very warm conditions, the game opened at a frenetic pace, with the Boomers leading by a goal at quarter time. The second quarter saw Collie kick the only two goals to take an 8 point lead into half time. Collie had a chance to end the game in the third quarter, kicking a wayward three goals six behinds for the quarter, but had a game high advantage of 20 points at the final break. The Boomers kicked the first goal of the final term, before the Eagles kicked six goals in the final term to win convincingly. They will now host the Boomers again next Sunday in a sudden death Elimination Final.
Yesterday Carey Park bowed out of season 2020 with a win over arch rivals South Bunbury, while Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, proved too strong for Augusta Margaret River.