Season Kicks Off On Saturday

The Dale Alcock Homes South West, South West Football League season officially gets under way this Saturday, with four matches to be played, head-lined by a Grand Final re-match between 2021 Premiers, Augusta Margaret River and southern rivals, Busselton.

Originally scheduled for a night match, the fixture will commence at 2.10pm after machinery required to fix the new lighting system has been delayed.

Premiership Captain Lincoln Adams will lead a strong Hawks line-up in their title defence, with pre-season trial matches showing the Hawks will be tough to beat on Saturday at Gloucester Park.   Busselton coach, Daniel Delaney also has a strong team, making this an intriguing opening round battle.

Harvey Bulls defeated Eaton Boomers by 71 points in their last encounter in 2021, but one feels it will be much closer on Saturday, when both teams meet at Glen Huon Reserve.  New League coach Mark Pink will lead the Bulls in 2022, with Eli Smith and Bradley Holmes named as joint captains, while experienced Mitch Kings will lead the Boomers at home.  The match is also likely to be a close one, with both team featuring new players, with most eyes on high profile recruit, Jacob Dragovich who play under #12.

In Collie, another even contest is predicted when Collie Eagles host Donnybrook at the Collie Recreation Ground.  Kade East will take charge of the senior team, with highly experienced Adam Bignell to Captain the Eagles in 2022.  Cody Miller will continue to be the Dons Captain, with Shane Bolton at the helm as Coach, with former AFL player Ben Howlett returning to the Dons playing under #15.

The final match on Saturday, is at Hands Oval, with the match between South Bunbury and Harvey Brunswick Leschenault a twilight fixture commencing at 4.40pm.  The intrigue to on-lookers will be Jesse Crichton lining up for the Tigers against his old team, while Chris Atthowe will also play his first game for the club after moving from Donnybrook.  Former Dons Coach Julian Burgess will lead the team, with Kevin Chitty named as Captain, while Ryan Macintyre will coach his first senior match for the Lions with Jonathon Fenwick, the captain.

On Sunday, there is just the one fixture and it will be the Nani Cup, when Carey Park take on Bunbury at Kelly Park.  A Bunbury derby is always a great contest and this match is sure to cap of a weekend of close matches.

Covid Level 2 Public Health and Social Measures will be in place for the opening round, with the SWFL having a Public Health Exemption allowing up to 500 Patrons in the Ground at any one time.  Conditions of entry are below.

SPECTATORS – CONDITION OF ENTRY – ROUND 1 – 2 DAYS AWAY

  • Masks are MANDATORY, inside or outside.
    It is everyone’s responsibility for this to happen. The only time masks can be removed are to eat or drink.
  • Spectators are not to attend the Huddles at the quarter time, or three quarter time breaks, including players from previous or upcoming matches.
  • A limit of 500 Patrons are permitted inside the grounds at any one time. 2sqm rule applies.
  • Spectators are not permitted into the changerooms.
CHANGEROOMS
  • Only Players, Coaches and Training Staff in the Changerooms at any time.
  • Home Team to complete cleaning / sanitising three times per day of each changeroom
  • Masks to be worn
  • Sign in on entry to changeroom using QR Codes
  • It is recommended that players do not stay in the changerooms for lengthy periods of time, no greater than 15 minutes to avoid being deemed a close contact
LICENSED AREAS
  • Licensed areas must allow for 2sqm per person, up to 150 persons.
BENCHES
  • Coaching Staff and Water Carriers to wear masks (no exceptions)
  • A roped off area around each bench and interchange area of 1.5m to keep public distance.
HUDDLES
  • Spectators to be requested to stay away from huddles at all times.
SPECTATORS
  • Condition of entry that masks be worn at all times (while required by government restrictions)
GROUND STAFF
  • All Ground Staff and Officials of both clubs to wear masks at all times unless having an exemption.
REMINDER
The State Government definition of a close contact is:
You are a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 and have had contact with them during their infectious period;
You have had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period. This includes if you have:
had at least 15 minutes face-to-face contact where a mask was not worn by both you and the person with COVID-19;
greater than two hours within a small room or classroom environment with a case during their infectious period, where masks have been removed for this period;
You have been advised by WA Health that you are a close contact.