The finals race is well and truly alive in the Colts competition with six teams fighting for five positions, with five rounds remaining.
Top of the ladder Busselton look destined to take the minor premiership based on last weekends big win against Bunbury. This weekend the
Magpies will play the young Boomers outfit, before taking on arch rivals Augusta Margaret River in their toughest test in the lead up to the finals. The Magpies will finish with matches against Harvey, Carey Park and Collie to finish the season.
Second placed Bunbury after coming off a hiding from top team Busselton last weekend. Bunbury who were far from full strength will take on Harvey Bulls this weekend and will need a win to hold second place from the Hawks. A week later, Bunbury will play Carey Park in a crucial clash, with the Panthers potentially in third place at this point. Bunbury on ladder positions then have three easier games to finish with, against Collie, Harvey Brunswick Leschenault and South Bunbury, with the Bulldogs in a three way fight for the Qualifying Final positions.
Third placed Augusta Margaret River have a much easier run towards the finals than some other teams, but
are still no certainty of finishing in the top three. They can assist that becoming a reality by downing the Dons on Saturday which will be no easy task, as the Dons who are sixth, desperately looking to win to keep their finals spot alive. Round fifteen will see the Hawks play Busselton at Gloucester Park which will go along way to seeing where teams will finish. The Hawks will then play Eaton Boomers and Harvey Bulls before finishing against Carey Park in a tough match to finish the home and away season.
Fourth placed Carey Park will finish the home and away season, playing three teams in the top five in the final five games. The Panthers have the second best percentage in the competition, and like all teams fighting for
finals, simply need to keep winning. This weekend, the Colts match is played after the League at Hands Oval, with the Panthers expected to win. If Donnybrook were to defeat Augusta Margaret River who are currently third, the Panthers would move to third place, and the all important double chance position. The week after in the game of the round, Carey Park will host Bunbury at Kelly Park, and with Bunbury decimated by injuries, it maybe a chance for Carey Park to solidify third. Round sixteen gets no easier, as the ‘Park’ travel to Donnybrook who are currently sixth, and are in their own fight for the five. The final two rounds will see matches against Busselton and Augusta Margaret River, giving the Panthers a good guide as to how they will go in the finals, with both teams currently above them on the ladder.
Harvey Brunswick Leschenault hold fifth spot on the table, and have a relatively easy next few weeks based on
ladder position, but can start to solidify fifth by defeating Collie on the weekend. Collie have a very good percentage for a team sitting seventh on the ladder, and the Lions are no certainties to win this match, but they must if they are to hold off Donnybrook. Rounds fifteen and sixteen are against Eaton and South Bunbury, games they should win, before finishing against Bunbury and Donnybrook, with the final game quite possibly to make the finals. To avoid that scenario the Lions need to win at least three of their games to feel safe.
Sixth placed Donnybrook simply must keep winning, starting this Saturday when they play Augusta Manager River at VC Mitchell Park. A win to the Dons will keep the season and finals spots alive for the remainder of
the season. The Dons then travel to Harvey in round fifteen in a match they should win, before another tough assignment against Carey Park again at VC Mitchell Park. Seventh placed Collie will be no push overs, having a very healthy percentage, but it simply is a game the Dons must win to keep their chances alive. If they are still a chance going into the final round, it is almost certainly going to be a mini grand final in round eighteen when they play Harvey Brunswick Leschenault who currently sit fifth, with the winner to make the finals.
Apart from Busselton, all other positions from two to six appear uncertain with five rounds remaining, and with round fifteen featuring the top four playing each other, the ladder positions are far from finalised.
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|4||Carey Park Colts||13||9||4||0||0||0||998||529||188.66||36|
|5||Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Colts||13||7||6||0||0||0||696||613||113.54||28|
|7||Collie Eagles Colts||13||5||8||0||0||0||687||658||104.41||20|
|8||South Bunbury Colts||13||4||9||0||0||0||451||880||51.25||16|
|9||Harvey Bulls Colts||13||3||10||0||0||0||409||968||42.25||12|
|10||Eaton Boomers Colts||13||0||13||0||0||1||229||1244||18.41||0|