Elimination Final Comes Early In 2022

The official Elimination Final is not until either 10 September 2022 or 11 September 2022, but for Harvey Bulls it starts on Sunday with their do or die clash against Donnybrook at VC Mitchell Park.

The Bulls who are currently sixth, take on Donnybrook who are currently fifth.  A loss on Sunday will put them two games behind the Dons, with the Bulls to play Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, Augusta Margaret River, Carey Park, and Busselton in the run home, with the last three of those games away.  Donnybrook have Busselton (home), South Bunbury (away), Bunbury (away) and Carey Park at home to finish their campaign.  On current ladder positions, the Dons would only be tipped to beat Carey Park, while Harvey Bulls would be looking to down HBL and Carey Park, which means neither team can afford to lose.

If the Bulls were to win, they would inherit fifth place, and the battle would then continue to the final round with Eaton Boomers a likely danger with an easier run home, with games against Collie (home), Bunbury (away), Carey Park (home), Busselton (away) and then HBL (away).  If they were to win three of those games, percentage will determine fifth place.

But before all of that transpires, there is a game to be played.  The Bulls looked brilliant in the first half against South Bunbury, leading by 29 points at half time, before squandering that lead to lose by three points.  The Dons, coming fresh off the bye will be looking to win for veteran Jeff Smith who plays his 100th game for the club on Sunday.  The Dons will need to shut down Lloyd Beever who has been in great form, along with Michael Bennell and Brad Holmes who are a potent duo in attack for the Bulls.

Ben Howlett is playing excellent football for the Dons and will be a key for the home team in claiming the points, along with Smith and Hamish Hutton who is also playing well.

A big crowd is expected with a cool afternoon forecast, but the game should be hot from the start, and with so much riding on the outcome it should be a great contest.

GAME TIMES:  Colts 9.45am, Reserves 11.40am, Women’s 1.30pm, League 3.00pm

Lloyd Beever was voted Best on Ground last Sunday in the Bulls thrilling clash with South Bunbury. The Bulls dynamo has been in great form. Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop.