Collie To Take On Bunbury This Saturday

It is one of the oldest rivalries in South West sport and this Saturday it happens again when Collie host Bunbury on Saturday afternoon at the Collie Recreation Ground, in what potentially is a danger game for Bunbury with wet weather forecast.

The Eagles last weekend won their first game of the season, but prior to that had lost seven games by 20 points or less, which masks their last place on the ladder.  Bunbury meanwhile can’t afford a slip up against the Eagles, as they have a fight on their hands for third place on the ladder with Busselton.

Bunbury, who just got across the line against Harvey Bulls last Sunday by five points, will be aware that the Collie side are not as bad as the ladder position suggests.  Bunbury have been in a bit of a form slump, and have struggled to put a score on the board in the last four weeks, having just kicked 19 goals, with 6.8.44 against Busselton the largest of those scores, winning last week kicking just 6.7.43 in wet conditions.

Both teams will be without key players with Paul Rinder a crucial out for the Eagles while Bunbury will still be without Patrick Farrant and Tyson Wood.

Collie will need to stop the midfield dominance of Jethro Barraclough and Dylan Heasman, while up forward, Collie will be hoping that Jayce Fontana can mark everything that comes his way, as he did last week against Carey Park.

Colts 10.15am, Reserves 12.10pm, League 2.10pm

Cameron Davidson has been playing well for the Eagles, while Paul Rinder will be a big loss for the home team. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop