With many people throughout the South West busy preparing Christmas wish lists for Santa Claus, there is one early gift every BDCA first grade skipper would like prior to December 25. First or second spot on the table. With 10 of the 14 regular season rounds played prior to December 17, there’s never been a greater importance to bank wins prior to the festive season, as there is little margin for error in the final month of the campaign. Two sides acutely aware of this are Colts and Dalyellup, who will lock horns at the Bunbury Recreation Ground. Colts have not skipped a beat since both sides last met in round two. Josh Topliss’ men appear to have found sizeable rhythm across all three phases of play and are looming as a genuine premiership contender. Dalyellup, who suffered a surprise loss at home to Leschenault a fortnight ago, should be well rested from their bye and primed to serve it up to the hosts. Third-placed Leschenault also have high hopes of an ideal end to 2023 and can give themselves every chance with an away triumph against an improving Hay Park, who have won two games on the bounce. In the remaining game of the round, Marist travel up the hill to take on bottom-placed Collie at Roche Park.