Two of the oldest clubs not only in the SWFL but also Western Australia will do battle on Sunday at Kelly Park, with Carey Park hosting South Bunbury in the inaugural Retravision Cup.
Carey Park (fourth) and South Bunbury (second), have played 154 matches with the Tigers winning 102 contests, Carey Park 51 with the two teams figuring in just one draw.
When the two teams battled in round five their was much made of the contest, but it was a one-sided affair at Hands Oval, with South Bunbury winning by forty points.
South Bunbury have won the last five contests between the two clubs, with Carey Park last winning in September 2020 by 28 points. The two teams more recently have also played a one point thriller, and Sunday’s contest is also tipped to be close.
Since the last contest in April, Carey Park have added Ryan King and Simon Homsany to the team, both who have played exceptional well since their inclusion. Kelvin Lawrence will also return to the team on Sunday after having last weekend off, and will add plenty of run through the middle for the Panthers, generally an area that South Bunbury are also strong in.
The Tigers are coming off a victory over Dunsborough last Sunday, where they didn’t get it all their own way, but the midfield brigade led by Shaun Crane again were prominent.
The match has plenty of significance, with a win to Carey Park keeping them six points clear of Bunbury, and potentially ten, subject to Bunbury’s result against Busselton. A loss could make the battle for fourth place and a home final more interesting, baring in mind, Carey Park are yet to have their bye, which will come in the last round of the season. For South Bunbury, a victory will keep them ahead of Donnybrook in a race for a home Qualifying Final, while a loss will put them on equal points with Carey Park, and the Tigers would drop back to third, if Donnybrook defeat Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, also on Sunday.
With fine weather forecast, a bumper crowd is expected to watch one of the oldest rivalries in the SWFL.
Colts 9.45am, Reserves 11.40am, Women’s 1.30pm, League 3.00pm
Coverage: Live Scoring of all matches on SWFL Facebook Page.