Bunbury can’t finish on top of the ladder, but they can certainly stop Augusta Margaret River from doing so, when both teams clash on Sunday afternoon at PC Payne Park in a vital clash in the context of the finals series.
For the Hawks to finish on top, the visitors will need to win by around five to seven goals to overcome South Bunbury’s percentage gap currently, and should Bunbury win, the two teams will play again the following week in the Qualifying Final at Margaret River.
The Hawks have been clinical in the second half of the season and have only been defeated by Busselton in the second round, and thrashed Bunbury in the opening round by 77 points.
To win by the margin they need, the Hawks will need to kick either a sizable score or hold Bunbury to a low score, which maybe what will occur, as the reigning premiers have not kicked more than twelve goals in a match since round fourteen when they kicked 13.20 (98) to defeat the Lions.
While the Hawks are fresh from the bye, Bunbury are coming off a loss to South Bunbury, and if not for a few late goals in the final term the scoreline would not have looked very flash for the Bulldogs.
One thing in the Hawks favour to keeping Bunbury to a low score is the fact Bunbury are not a high goal kicking team, and they Bulldogs have not kicked more than twelve goals since round eight when they thrashed Donnybrook by 75 points. The Bulldogs rely on restricting their oppositions flow into their forward line and rely on a very strong defence which has held them in good stead against most teams this season.
The calculators will be out if the Hawks are in front, with all to be revealed around 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon, when the final result is known.