Magpies for a challenge

RACHEL CURRY,Busselton Dunsborough Times
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Busselton coach Greg Hodson has called for his team to leave it all on the field in Saturday night’s home clash with Collie.

The fourth-placed Magpies have not beaten the fifth-placed Eagles since the memorable 2012 grand final.

Hodson said with the country week break approaching, he was expecting a big effort from his team.

“This is the last one before a two-week rest so I expect the boys to go in hard, ” he said.

“We’re in good form; we don’t have to be scared of anyone.

“This will be another scalp we’ll take.”

When the teams last met in round 2, Collie took advantage of home conditions to win by 29 points.

Hodson said it was important the Magpies continued their progress over the last few weeks and not get sucked into Collie’s game style. “They like it in dirty and rough; we like a running-style game and we can do that even in wet conditions, ” he said.

“We probably play two different styles of footy.”

Busselton won their fourth straight match last weekend when they demolished ninth-placed Harvey, 21.10 (136) to 7.6 (48).

Hodson said he was not thrilled with the performance until the last quarter, when the Magpies booted 10 goals.

“We just made hard work of it and in fairness to the Harvey Bulls, they didn’t lie down and get flogged, ” he said.

Small forward Sean Trombetta had a day out, kicking seven goals, while Nathan Bradbury and Jon Meadmore performed at both ends of the ground.

However, Busselton’s forward line took a hit with Aidan Fraser joining Dave Whitehead on the injury list.

Hodson said he was confident they could fill the void up forward against Collie. Bouncedown is at 5.40pm at Bovell Park.

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