The final five appears to be set in the Reserves competition with five games to go, but is it? And further to that who will finish top and advance directly to the second semi final?
Bunbury sit on top of the ladder, by percentage only, with just the one loss for the season, with the Lions defeating Bunbury in round eight by 32 points. Bunbury have only two teams in the top five to play in the final five rounds, with games against Harvey Bulls, Carey Park and Collie Eagles in the next three games. All three teams are no push overs and are playing well without recording as many wins as they would like. Round seventeen will be the crucial clash, when Bunbury travel to Brunswick to play the Lions, with the winner most likely destined to finish on top. Bunbury will finish the home and away fixtures with a game against South Bunbury.
The Lions meanwhile took until the dying stages to shake off Harvey Bulls in round twelve before suffering a
shock loss to Carey Park in round thirteen, and then again, got home in the last minute against Harvey last week. This weekend will also be a tough match, with Collie kicking 13 goals last week and are way better that their eighth placing. In round fifteen, the Lions will play Eaton Boomers who have also found some form, before playing South Bunbury, Bunbury and Donnybrook to finish the season.
Third placed Busselton are three games behind in third place and should finish third, as they are also two games ahead of fourth placed Eaton.
Meanwhile fourth placed Eaton are no certainties just yet, with a game this week against Busselton. A win against Busselton will solidify their position in the five, a loss will bring them back into the clutches of Harvey and Carey Park. In round fifteen they face the second placed Lions, before a match against the Hawks, and then two crucial clashes against South Bunbury and Harvey Bulls. Eaton would want to win three of those to ensure their finals berth.
South Bunbury can snuff out the Carey Park run for the five by winning on Saturday morning (9.45am). A week later, a trip to Collie will be another tough battle before facing the Lions in round sixteen. Fourth placed Eaton and top team Bunbury will finish the home and away fixtures for the Tigers, who need to potentially win three of their games to ensure a top five, though their strong percentage should see them through.
Harvey, Carey Park and as a complete outsider, Collie, can still make it, but will need everything to go right from this weekend to oust, Eaton or South Bunbury.
|2||Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Reserves||13||12||1||0||0||0||915||400||228.75||48|
|4||Eaton Boomers Reserves||13||7||6||0||0||0||720||541||133.09||28|
|5||South Bunbury Reserves||13||7||6||0||0||0||773||603||128.19||28|
|6||Harvey Bulls Reserves||13||5||8||0||0||0||585||969||60.37||20|
|7||Carey Park Reserves||13||5||8||0||0||0||574||959||59.85||20|
|8||Collie Eagles Reserves||13||4||9||0||0||0||724||661||109.53||16|
|9||Augusta Margaret River Reserves||13||4||9||0||0||0||531||758||70.05||16|