Top Four Clash At VC Mitchell Park

Third placed Carey Park will take on fourth placed Donnybrook on Sunday, in a key match as part of round six of the SWFL Premiership season, at VC Mitchell Park.

The Dons who last round defeated Harvey Brunswick Leschenault by 40 points, will face Carey Park who were defeated for the first time this season in round five by South Bunbury to the tune of forty points.

Donnybrook started magnificent against the Lions, kicked seven goals in the opening term keeping the Lions scoreless, while conversely the Panthers were slow out of the blocks against South Bunbury, something that coach Frank Italiano will be aware of going into this match.

Jeff Smith has been the focal point up forward for the Dons again this season, kicking 18 goals from four games, but only managed one last week.  What would have pleased the Dons camp was that Sam Bevan was then able to kick six goals, giving the Dons another avenue to goals in the absence of Zac Trigwell with a shoulder injury.  Trigwell dislocated his shoulder in round four and will miss a further three weeks.

Chris Atthowe has played well since returning to the Dons

Carey Park had defeated both Bunbury and Augusta Margaret River in their first four games, with Harley Sparks, Jacob Orsi and Zane Verhaaf regularly amongst the best players, with the Panthers showing plenty of run and carry in the matches they have won, exhibiting an exciting brand of football.  Up forward Jack DiLallo is their highest goal kicker this season, with just seven goals, showing that the team has many players able to pop up to score when required.

Cody Miller, Ben Howlett and Luke Dale have all been playing well this season for the Dons and with the acquisition of Chris Atthowe back into the team, the Dons have a strong line-up and will be hard to beat at home.

Although it only round six, the match does come with some significant consquences.  If Donnybrook lose to Carey Park, dependent on other matches, the Dons could drop as low as sixth, while a win could elevate them to second.  If Carey Park were to win they could go to the top of the ladder, or drop to sixth if they lose, highlighting the closeness of the competition.

With fine weather forecast for Sunday afternoon, the match promises to be a free flowing match with plenty at stake for both teams.

Match Times:
Colts 9.45am, Reserves 11.40am, Women’s 1.30pm, League 3.00pm
Coverage:  Quarterly Scores on SWFL Facebook Page

Ben Howlett has again been in great form for the Dons. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands.