Bulldogs And Lions To Kick Off Grand Final Day

The Apprentice & Traineeship Co Colts Grand Final between Bunbury and Harvey Brunswick Leschenault commences at 9.00am at Payne Park, with teams making the decider from totally different directions.

Bunbury go into the Grand Final as overwhelming favourites, having not been beaten all season.  Bunbury played in last years decider, losing to Carey Park, and have many players in the team who played in that match, and will want to go one better today.

Their opponents haven’t put a foot wrong in the finals series, having come from the Elimination Final, defeating Busselton, South Bunbury and Carey Park to make the decider.  Last year they followed a similar path but were knocked out in extra time during the Preliminary Final.

Bunbury have won both contests convincingly, and they are yet to meet in the 2023 finals, and both teams are well coached and have players in good form.

Bunbury’s experience from last season will put them in a good position, and with Fraser Gilchrist and Rohan Grout spearheading the attack having kicked 114 goals between them in the home and away rounds, they may have too much fire-power for the Lions.

Conversely, the Lions have nothing to lose and are likely to play an attacking style of play.

Bunbury have won 10 Colts Premierships, including a trilogy in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  The Lions went back to back in 2015 and 2016 and have won the Premiership six times.  With the forecast of windy conditions, the contest maybe much closer than people expect and kicking goals at Payne Park will be at a premium.

Which ever way the result falls, it will be a great start to Grand Final day.