Pies’ purple patch rings warning bell

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The SWFL community is still abuzz with wonder following Busselton’s incredible showing against Bunbury on Sunday at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.

But the question on everyone’s lips is, can the Magpies maintain this electric brand of football into October?

The Collie Eagles will be hoping not, given what is at stake for them.

After trailing by a point at half-time, the Eagles were blown away by the Panthers, who kicked seven unanswered goals to leave coach Seth White and his players with a mountain to climb in the final term.

There is little doubt that the visitors will have the physical capability to match it with the Magpies, but their pace is an entirely different matter.

Mitchell Tenardi, Jackson Arbon, Ethan Maguire and Jackson East all pose a serious threat for the Eagles if they get hot, while Brent Snook and Kester Decke also cannot be left unattended.

One of the many reasons the Magpies dominated against the Bulldogs was the excellent work by Bronson Stallard in the centre square, who blunted the effectiveness of Bunbury ruckman Jacob Williams.

Eagles ruckman Paul Rinder should fancy his chances of toppling Stallard, but the issue of getting the ball cleanly into the forward line will still need to be addressed.

At VC Mitchell Park on Saturday, Donnybrook have the unenviable task of trying to stop Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault.

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