Finals in view

justin frisAugusta Margaret River Times
Augusta-Margaret River’s Mitch Lynn puts on a block for Gus Wrightson against the Eaton Boomers last season.
Camera IconAugusta-Margaret River’s Mitch Lynn puts on a block for Gus Wrightson against the Eaton Boomers last season. Credit: Louise Buckland

Though his side sits at 3-3 and a big clash against Augusta-Margaret River looms at Glen Huon Reserve on Saturday, Eaton Boomers coach Darren Rigby is content to focus on something equally important.

“Obviously we’d like to play finals, that would be a bonus for us I think,” he said. “But continued development is what I’m really looking for. Had we pinched that one against HBL, we would be in a fairly good position.

“But we have had two games where we’ve not really put it together — against Bunbury and Busselton, who are the top teams.

“We’re not that far away. I thought on the weekend we were good —it was certainly the best game we have played all year from a team development point of view.”

And it’s not just at league level where results are improving, according to the Boomers boss.

“It was also evident in the reserves, they sort of turned the corner as well on the same day.”

Augusta-Margaret River coach Matt Jamieson feels his side, also at 3-3, has moved on from Saturday’s disappointing show against Carey Park, as they are well aware the margin for error now is minimal, if at all.

“We understand the expectation this week, otherwise you’ll be scraping to get into the finals,” he said.

At the Harvey Recreation Ground, the Bulls will aim to extend Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault’s losing streak, as they compete for the Harvey Fresh and Brunswick Bottlemart Cups.

Lions coach John Baggetta was less than amused with his side’s effort against Busselton last week, but moving forward, he believes things will change.

“I could blindfold them and tie their ankles together,” he said. “And I would still get a lot better of a performance. Because they could not possibly do that again.”

On Sunday at VC Mitchell Park, Donnybrook will do battle against South Bunbury for the Dr Manea Cup.

Kelly Park hosts the IPS Indigenous Recognition Game between the Panthers and Collie Eagles.

In the remaining game of the round, in-form Busselton host Bunbury at Bovell Park

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