Can Busselton Go Back To Back?

Busselton as the reigning premiers are the team the other ten teams all want to beat in 2024, with the Magpies starting their title defence this Saturday with a Grand Final rematch against Carey Park.

Busselton won their first premiership in eight years and have a new Coach, with Matt Jamieson moving from Augusta Margaret River to Busselton after Daniel Delaney stood down after leading the club to the Premiership Flag.

Not many people saw the Jamieson move coming, but he will certainly provide plenty of experience to a group who have lost several players in the off season.  Thomas Vellios and Jaice Pardi have transferred to Dunsborough, Kester Decke (Deanmill), Brandy Armstrong and Austin Styles (Imperials) have all gone to the Lower South West League, while Jaxon East and Zac Pethybridge transferred to the Myrtleford Football Club, in the Ovens & Murray League and are two of the biggest losses to the competition, let alone Busselton.

Despite the losses of personnel, it opens the door for others to step up, and Busselton will again be hard to beat at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, where they will open their season against the Panthers.

After playing Carey Park, the Magpies will travel to Payne Park to take on Bunbury who also made finals in 2023.  After a bye in round three, it will be a road trip to take on the Lions at Brunswick before playing Eaton in round five at home.  The Magpies finish their season with three games close to home, with a match against Donnybrook at the Boyanup Oval, the Hawks at home, before finishing the home and away season with a twenty minute trip down the road to Dunsborough.   Busselton only play Collie Eagles and Harvey Bulls once in rounds ten and eleven respectively.

Busselton will again be hard to beat in the Women’s competition under new Coach Rob Witten.  Busselton lost in a heart-breaker to Bunbury in last years decider, but have kept a core nucleus of last years team.

The Reserves made the Grand Final, winning a thriller against South Bunbury in the decider with coach Ben Perry picking up a coaching role outside of the SWFL, with Conor O’Brien taking the reigns this season.

The Magpies Colts finished fifth, losing the Elimination Final to Harvey Brunswick Leschenault who ultimately went on to the Grand Final.  Highly experienced coach, Ray Gannaway remains in the role.