On The Ball: What we learned from the South West Football League round 11

Carey Park is one side that will be looking forward to regrouping during the two week break.It may not have been a win over one of the top three, but Busselton’s two goal victory over Collie gave opposition sides the hint that the Magpies have no current or future plans to vacate the top five.

Beating mediocre opposition hasn’t been a worry for Busselton throughout the season but overcoming quality opposition was an uphill battle early.

The Magpies have beaten top five contenders Carey Park and Collie in the past three weeks along with a huge win over Harvey.

Their scoring woes seem to be well and truly behind them and the Magpies are on the rise.

The top three in Bunbury, Eaton and South Bunbury will not want to take Busselton lightly in future matches.

Carey Park stayed in contention for fifth spot on Saturday when they defeated Donnybrook, but there’s no doubt the Panthers need the two week break.

They have been battling through a number of injuries to key players and are still working on the recruitment of a few players from the WAFL.

The Panthers had a good run before being defeated by Busselton in round nine and have now found themselves in a slump of inconsistency.

Making a charge in the back end of the season and overcoming both Collie and Busselton will be a key for Carey Park’s success, so getting their full squad on the ground after the break will be a high priority for the Panthers.

The Bunbury Bulldogs may not be tearing teams apart like they were earlier in the season, but they still remain undefeated.

Over the past two weeks Bunbury has defeated both Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and Augusta-Margaret River by closer margins than they may have liked, giving some followers the impression Bunbury may have taken their foot off the pedal.

This is fine against the bottom feeders of the competition, but with games against Carey Park and Busselton coming up after the break Bunbury will need to slam their authority back down.

Eaton, like Bunbury, is a side that has been winning games without any conviction.

Given the wet weather did affect the game, Eaton’s 22 point win over HBL remains solid evidence that they are still a strong side.

However the perennial powerhouse will need to raise the bar on their last two performances.

Eaton fans are used to seeing their team win by 50 plus margins, and after only defeating Collie by one point two weeks ago and then a wet slog against the Lions they will want their team to get back to big victories.

It’s amazing that one side can have so many goal kicking weapons.

South Bunbury continues to find dominant scorers for their forward line and all went to perfection in their demolition of Harvey on the weekend.

The Tigers booted 21 goals in the match with their tall forwards shining.

Leigh Kohlmann finished with seven while Adam Hunter and Brynn Francis both managed four.

Guy Piggott and Chris Andrew are also capable of hitting the score tally when needed and the effectiveness of their midfield is not to be forgotten.

Coming up against South Bunbury is now a terrifying task for any opposing defence.

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