The Thrilling Run Home

You will have to go back many, many seasons, to find a season like this one.  The season for eight League teams is still very much alive, with the very real possibility that the final round will be the best ever, in the 60th year of the SWFL.

Generally by now, the final five is settled, but with four rounds remaining there are eight teams vying for five positions, with four of them fighting for fifth place, while the top position is up for grabs, with three teams having the opportunity to take the minor premiership.

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D FOR AGST % PTS Rd 15 Rd 16 Rd 17 Rd 18
1 Harvey Brunswick Leschenault 14 11 1 2 989 746 132.57 48 EB DBK AMR CE
2 Collie Eagles 14 11 3 0 1068 692 154.34 44 AMR BSN DBK AMR
3 Bunbury 14 10 2 2 1072 910 117.80 44 HB CP SB BSN
4 Harvey Bulls 14 9 5 0 1044 817 127.78 36 BY AMR EB DBK
5 Augusta Margaret River Football Club 14 7 7 0 856 905 94.59 28 CE HB HBL SB
6 Donnybrook 14 6 7 1 875 883 99.09 26 CP HBL CE HB
7 Eaton Boomers 14 5 7 2 913 857 106.53 24 HBL SB HB CP
8 South Bunbury 14 6 8 0 889 945 94.07 24 BSN EB BY AMR
9 Busselton 14 1 13 0 746 1102 67.70 4 SB CE CP BY
10 Carey Park 14 0 13 1 631 1226 51.47 2 DBK BY BSN EB

Based on ladder positions this is how the ladder would look like after each round in the run home.

POTENTIAL LADDER AFTER ROUND 15

POS TEAM P W L D PTS
1 Harvey Brunswick Leschenault 15 12 1 2 52
2 Collie Eagles 15 12 3 0 48
3 Bunbury 15 11 2 2 48
4 Harvey Bulls 15 9 6 0 36
5 Donnybrook 15 7 7 1 30
6 Augusta Margaret River 15 7 8 0 28
7 South Bunbury 15 6 7 2 28
8 Eaton Boomers 15 6 9 0 24
9 Busselton 15 1 14 0 4
10 Carey Park 15 0 14 1 2

 

POTENTIAL LADDER AFTER ROUND 16

POS TEAM P W L D PTS
1 Harvey Brunswick Leschenault 16 13 1 2 56
2 Collie Eagles 16 13 3 0 52
3 Bunbury 16 12 2 2 52
4 Harvey Bulls 16 10 6 0 40
5 Donnybrook 16 7 8 1 30
6 Augusta Margaret River 16 7 9 0 28
7 Eaton Boomers 16 7 9 0 28
8 South Bunbury 16 6 8 2 28
9 Busselton 16 1 15 0 4
10 Carey Park 16 0 15 1 2

 

POTENTIAL LADDER AFTER ROUND 17

POS TEAM P W L D PTS
1 Harvey Brunswick Leschenault 17 14 1 2 60
2 Collie Eagles 17 14 3 0 56
3 Bunbury 17 13 2 2 56
4 Harvey Bulls 17 11 6 0 44
5 Donnybrook 17 7 9 1 30
6 Augusta Margaret River 17 7 10 0 28
7 Eaton Boomers 17 7 10 0 28
8 South Bunbury 17 6 9 2 28
9 Busselton 17 2 15 0 8
10 Carey Park 17 0 16 1 2

If ladder positions from this week go the way of the higher ranked team, the ladder going into the final round will look as above.

Harvey Brunswick Leschenault will play Collie in the final game of the season at the Collie Recreation Ground.  A win to the Lions will guarantee the Brunswick team an automatic birth in the second semi final.  With Bunbury playing Busselton, a Bunbury victory would see the Bulldogs surpass Collie, and giving the Black and Golds a home Qualifying final at PC Payne Park.  Should Collie Eagles down the Lions though, Collie would finish on top of the ladder and get a week off, and based on current percentages Bunbury would play Harvey Brunswick Leschenault at Brunswick Oval in a Qualifying Final.

The only thing that appears certain based on current form is Harvey Bulls will finish fourth and will host an Elimination Final.  Who will they play?

In the final round the Bulls play Donnybrook, who on projections will be fifth going into the final round.  If they don’t win, they will miss the finals.  If Eaton Boomers defeat Carey Park they will elevate themselves into fifth place at the expense of Donnybrook, unless the Dons down they Bulls in Harvey.   But standing in the way of Eaton Boomers or possibly Donnybrook, is the other crucial clash, Augusta Margaret River versus South Bunbury.

This match is the only Saturday match in the final round, and the winner will move to fifth over night, but the winning team will have to wait until 5.00pm on Sunday to find out if they remain there.  Two teams will finish on eight wins, and percentage will see one team make it and one miss out.

There is one other thing, after the season we have had, another draw could just throw all of the above right out the window!  There is no doubt this is the closest season in living memory, and it will guarantee that every match in the final four weeks will be well worth watching.