With just five rounds left in the home and away season, the Women’s competition is a five team race, seeking the four positions leading into the finals.
Five weeks ago it appeared certain Bunbury and South Bunbury would play off in the Grand Final, both undefeated, but both have now been defeated twice, with South Bunbury also figuring in a draw against third placed Busselton.
Busselton and Donnybrook have just three games to play and have both played some exciting Football in recent weeks and in some ways have been the form teams.
We look at the run home of the five contenders, and the ramifications.
Bunbury this weekend will play fourth placed Harvey Bulls, who are only a game and percentage off top spot. The Bulls will be tough to beat having won their last five games, while Bunbury haven’t played in a month after beating Busselton by 11 points. In round fifteen, Bunbury will play Carey Park which on paper they should win, before a match with bottom of the table Harvey Brunswick Leschenault. The final game of the home and away season will be against South Bunbury, who have by far and away the highest percentage in the competition, but it was Bunbury who came out on top in their last encounter.
Second placed South Bunbury have only won one of their last four matches, after falling short against Harvey Bulls at Harvey in a thriller in their last outing. This weekend they play Carey Park who they defeated by 97 points earlier in the season, before matches against Harvey Brunswick Leschenault and Eaton Boomers, all matches they are expected to win, with the final game of the season against Bunbury.
Third placed Busselton have three games left in the Home and Away season, and will need to win all three to
have any chance of finishing second at the expense of South Bunbury or Bunbury. The Magpies will play Eaton Boomers, fourth placed Harvey Bulls and Carey Park, before having the bye in the final round.
Undoubtedly the Harvey Bulls Womens team have the hardest run home, starting this weekend against top team Bunbury. The Bulls do have four games to play, but a win this weekend is crucial if they are to stave off a challenge from Donnybrook. The task gets no easier in probably the match that will define the final four in round fifteen, when the Bulls and Dons face off at Harvey Oval. A week later, the Bulls host Busselton, meaning they will play the first, fifth and third ranked teams in three weeks, before finishing against Eaton Boomers.
The team still in contention who is out of the four currently is Donnybrook. They have played eleven matches already, meaning they have three games to go over the final five weeks. Their next match is against Harvey in
round fifteen, with a win imperative if they are to knock Harvey out of the finals. The Dons finish with games against Carey Park and Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, games they are expected to win.
Depending on results there is still a chance that Bunbury could finish third, unless they win three of their last four games. A loss this weekend will set up a thrilling finish against South Bunbury who should win their next three games. Busselton can finish second and get the double chance by winning their remaining three games if Bunbury fail to defeat Harvey and South Bunbury. Harvey Bulls must win two of their remaining matches, one of which must be against Donnybrook to stop the Dons from making the final four. An exciting final five weeks coming up!
THE LADDER AS IT STANDS
|2||South Bunbury Womens||10||7||2||1||0||0||451||113||399.12||30|
|4||Harvey Bulls Womens||10||7||3||0||1||0||293||193||151.81||28|
|6||Carey Park Womens||10||2||8||0||0||2||92||374||24.60||8|
|7||Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Womens||10||2||8||0||0||0||69||348||19.83||8|
|8||Eaton Boomers Womens||10||1||9||0||1||0||49||521||9.40||4|