Busselton and Bunbury have the opportunity to directly qualify for the women’s grand final on Sunday at Hands Oval. For the league leading Bulldogs, it has been a very long time — August 21 to be exact — since they last played a competitive game of football, due to the quirkiness of the SWFL women’s fixture. Whether such a lengthy break has either helped or hindered them will be known about 2.55pm on Sunday. For the Magpies, an opportunity to play in a grand final with first-year coach Rennie Meadmore at the helm is an exciting possibility, according to Magpies playmaker Beth Beckett. “There are good vibes for sure around the team,” she said. “This is the first time we’ve had a chance to go directly through to the grandy, so it’s definitely exciting to have that opportunity.” Despite a long season with East Fremantle at WAFLW level, Beckett is confident she has more than enough petrol in the tank for the remainder of the season. “The body is holding up mate,” she said. “It’s definitely been a long season but I think I’ve learnt along the way how to manage and keep on top of any niggles.” The Magpies team will also have a special milestone to consider when they run out on to the ground against the Bulldogs, with Emma Borinelli playing her 50th SWFL game. A versatile threat who can dominate in the ruck or up forward, Borinelli’s transition from netball to football has been one of the biggest success stories of Busselton’s female football program. Last time both sides met at Sir Stewart Bovell Park in July, Bunbury’s Ebony Bilcich put in a five-star performance as the Bulldogs ran out 3.8 (26) to 1.3 (9) victors.