With the South West Netball Football League coming out of the Easter long weekend, journalist Carly Laden takes a look at the notable moments and talking points of the league competition so far. Magpies swooping in for the wins They might be perched on top of the SWNFL league ladder after three rounds but the Busselton Magpies’ three consecutive wins have not come easy. While the Magpies are the only team to record three wins so far, all their victories have been determined by a margin of less than 10 points, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats. Busselton recorded their first victory by knocking off reigning premiers Eaton Boomers by just two points after pulling away late in a tight contest, followed by an eight-point victory over South Bunbury Tigers in round two, then another two-point win in round three over the Bunbury Bulldogs. Despite falling just short to Busselton in round three, Bunbury have also found themselves receiving ‘heart-stopper’ status after they edged out Carey Park by just one point in an intense match-up. Hear the Lions roar After missing out on the SWNFL finals last year, it seems the Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault Lions have returned to the league competition with a vengeance. The Lions currently sit in second place on the ladder after three rounds with a 2-0 record, consisting of a 20-point victory over Eaton Boomers and a seven-point win over Carey Park. With the return of skipper Khea Borkowski, along with the likes of Katie Martin, Amber Byrne and Lauren Vincent, combined with new recruits Stephanie Brookes and McKenzie Walker, the Lions have already proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with early on. Their upcoming round four match against Busselton Magpies on April 23 will be a crucial match as both teams look to continue building their respective undefeated streaks. Reigning premiers come crashing down When the Eaton Boomers defeated Busselton to take the 2021 SWNFL league premiership there were scenes of jubilation after three years of hard work. Fast forward six months and it seems the Boomers have been struggling to back up their premiership efforts. Shockingly, the reigning premiers are at the bottom of the league ladder with a 0-2 record. The Boomers’ 2022 campaign began with a tough loss, going down to Busselton in a grand final rematch by just two points and struggled to convert against the HBL Lions, going down by 20 points. Salt was rubbed into the wound when starting shooter Jessica Knight injured her ankle in the late stages of the round two match-up. While Eaton had a bye during round three, they will be hoping to have used the extra time off to improve on their form ahead of their round four match-up against Carey Park. The South West Netball Football League is set to return for round four of competition from Friday, April 22.