SWFL 2022: Busselton Magpies head into must-win game against Donnybrook with byes looming

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Magpies utility Katie-Jayne Grieve is one of several potential matchwinners against Donnybrook on Sunday.
Camera IconMagpies utility Katie-Jayne Grieve is one of several potential matchwinners against Donnybrook on Sunday. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Busselton begin a crucial component of their women’s season on Sunday at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, when they host finals aspirants Donnybrook.

With two heavy victories over the past fortnight, Rennie Meadmore’s side only have one more hit-out to fine-tune their performances, before two consecutive byes.

Following their lengthy stint on the sideline, the Magpies will then face must-win games against the Eaton Boomers and Harvey Bulls.

“No one ever wants two weeks worth of byes,” Meadmore said.

“So a win this week is not only going to cement us in a good spot on the ladder, but it will keep us motivated to push through the following few weeks with no footy.”

The Magpies claimed a massive 91-point win over the Dunsborough Sharks last Sunday, which was the inaugural women’s derby between both clubs.

While the household names of Katie-Jayne Grieve and Emma Borinelli again presented well in the forward line, Susan Isaacson’s hard work again caught the eye of the black and white faithful.

“Susan has been in and around the club since the beginning of women’s football here,” Meadmore said.

“She has had a few pregnancies in between, but has really stuck to her football. Playing a bit of masters last year really gave her some additional confidence in her game, which is great.”

Donnybrook will have no shortage of morale heading into Sunday’s clash, given their hard-fought win over the Harvey Bulls last weekend at the Harvey Recreation Ground.

Well served by reigning Nola Marino medalist Jessica Verbrugge and competition icon Fleur Parker, all signs are currently pointing towards a maiden finals appearance for the Dons.

Both sides will have to contend with a late finish, with the game getting under way at 3.50pm following the league clash.

“It will be a good thing for the club — as all of the girls will stick around afterwards for our club awards,” Meadmore said. “It is a good thing to see our club grow women’s footy down here.”

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