It might only be round fourteen but it will be a long last eight weeks for the loser of the match between Harvey Bulls and Augusta Margaret River, with the loser almost certainly unable to make finals, when the two teams meet on Sunday at the Harvey Oval.
Going into the match both teams have a very similar story, both were expected to be prominent during the season, both were expected to be in the top five and fighting for a grand final, while in reality, both have been crippled by injuries and players being unavailable, both are outside the five and both have just five wins for the season.
The Bulls sit in sixth place, while the Hawks are seventh, separated only on percentage, with both teams six points behind fifth placed Bunbury. Bunbury has already had the bye in the second round, so the stakes on Sunday are massive and neither team will want to be the loser, particularly if Bunbury defeat Harvey Brunswick Leschenault on Saturday.
The last time the two teams met, it was close at Gloucester Park with Hawks victorious by eight points, with the Hawks last win in round ten over Dunsborough in horrendous conditions by twelve points. Since then they have suffered defeats at the hands of Donnybrook (60 points), Busselton (44) and South Bunbury (34). Meanwhile, the Bulls have also only won once in the last month, defeating Collie last round by 59 points. Prior to that, the Bulls lost to the Lions by 19 points, Bunbury (30) and Carey Park (24).
Andrew Haydon, Thomas Wood and Lloyd Beever have been consistent all season, and with Sam Lewis recently returning from injury, the Bulls are starting to look a little more like the team that was expected at the beginning of the season. Add in goal kicking machine, Brad Holmes (pictured), the Bulls look strong and do play Harvey Oval well. Seve Grantis, Simon Moore and Linc Adams along with Zac Dronow have been consistent performers for the Hawks, but will need all to be playing at their best to stay with the Bulls in this do or die contest.
Colts 9.50am, Reserves 11.45am, League 1.45pm
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