Derby Qualifying Final On Sunday

The two teams attract the biggest home and away crowds to their matches each season, and on Sunday a bumper crowd is expected when South Bunbury and Bunbury go head to head in a Qualifying Final at Hands Oval.

The two fixtures this season have been contrasting, with Bunbury winning a one point thriller in the WA Day Derby, while more recently South Bunbury were 39 point winners at Hands Oval.

South Bunbury would go into the match as favourites, but Bunbury showed glimpses last weekend against Augusta Margaret River that they have what it takes, staying with the defending premiers for three quarters.

Many of the South Bunbury League team were in attendance at the match last Sunday, and would have seen plenty of physicality, skill and run from both the Hawks and Bunbury.

The Tigers will be fresh from the bye, with their last outing being the derby which saw the Red and Whites start strongly before a devastating third quarter in which the home team kicked seven goals.  Bunbury will be aware of the fire power the Tigers possess and will need to shut down the supply to stay with South Bunbury.  Bunbury will need to get the ball into the hands of Jesse Gribble, Dylan Heasman and Patrick Farrant to get supply up forward.

Jordan Strahan holds the key to the Tigers attack with 59 goals for the season, and four goals in the last match against Bunbury, while Captain Kevin Chitty is another player Bunbury will need to guard closely.

The winner will play Augusta Margaret River on Saturday, 17 September 2022 at Gloucester Park, while the loser will host a knock out First Semi Final against either Busselton or Harvey Bulls on Sunday, 18 September 2022.

Match Times: Colts 9.30am, Reserves 11.30pm, Women’s 1.30pm, League 3.00pm

Head to Head (last 15 matches) South Bunbury 5, Bunbury 10
Only Time They Met In A Qualifying Final: 2007 – Bunbury 13.10.88 def South Bunbury 12.3.75
Last Time They Met:  27 August 2022, South Bunbury 13.15.93 def Bunbury 8.6.54

*Strictly No Alcohol – Security Checks will be done on entry, so leave alcohol at home or have it confiscated.
*Drunken, Disorderly or Abusive conduct will not tolerated
*Patrons are to remain behind the spectator fence while play is in progress, sitting on the grass is not permitted.
*Patrons are to remain away from the centre of the ground during breaks
*Pass Outs do not give you entry to games on other days of the finals.
These conditions of entry are aligned to those of the WACFL.
Adults $15, Concession 10, Children (6-15) $1. Budget Free on Admission.

Bunbury will be looking for plenty of run from Dylan Heasman on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop