Pies plot to curtail Peake

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Magpies Harry Curtin looks for an option inboard
Camera IconBusselton Magpies Harry Curtin looks for an option inboard Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Sophie Elliott

Busselton Magpies will look to continue their strong form against last year’s South West Football League grand finalists Bunbury at Payne Park on Sunday.

The seventh versus eighth match-up has more on the line than ladder positions would suggest considering that, due to a clerical issue, Bunbury have only won one game in 2018.

The Magpies are also 1-3 coming into the match brimming with confidence after a 75-point demolition of a lacklustre Collie before the bye. A lack of skill execution and some individual brilliance from top-level opposition have cost Busselton a much better start to the season but coach Steve Lester said his players had responded well at training.

“We need to bring the same effort and attitude we have all year because sides know what we’re about and try to stop our run,” he said.

“They are going to test us no doubt, but if we stick to our game plan we match up on them pretty well.”

Former Fremantle Docker and East Fremantle Sharks goal kicking ace Brett Peake is in good form for the Bulldogs sitting second on the league goal kicking list with 13 goals for the season.

“He’s a very clever player and does his best work one-on-one,” Lester said.

“We’ll have a plan for him but the key is not to let their midfield to get off the leash.

“Gribble has proven to be a very consistent player so if we don’t pressure him and their other midfielder’s kicks coming in then he (Peake) will be hard to stop.”

Bunbury are coming off a 21-point loss to league leaders Eaton who only marginally defeated Busselton by nine points the week before.

Bunbury coach Jamie Nani said his new players were just starting to click and against the Bulldogs would focus on stopping Busselton from executing their game style.

“They’re pretty quick and have been very competitive with guys like Jackson Arbon and Damien Lee getting a lot of the ball so we have to stop that,” he said.

“We have an even spread of crafty goal kickers and we’re not far away from the top teams with late goals against Eaton hurting us in our last game.

Bouncedown is 2.20pm.

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