BUSSELTON will be red-hot favourites to complete another treble of wins when they host lowly Donnybrook in round nine of the South West Football League season on Sunday.
The hapless Dons are without a win across all three grades in 2012 and will surely struggle to change that against the Magpies.
Busselton’s LEAGUE side will view this weekend as a chance to post a percentage-boosting win, which could be invaluable given they currently sit fourth on the table due to percentage, but level on points with the top three teams.
They found out last weekend there is no such thing as an easy game, eventually shaking off second-bottom South Bunbury by 17 points, while there is reason to believe Donnybrook are on the improve.
They went down by 38 points last weekend and just 10 the week before, a far cry from the 56, 125 and 59 point losses they started the season with.
It will also be a year to the weekend since the two sides last met, with a second-half blitz seeing Busselton run out 95-point winners on June 26 (round 10) last year.
Aaron Beckett kicked four goals last weekend to be among the league team’s bet players, along with usual suspects Tim Ioannou and Dan McGinlay.
Big forward Leigh Kelly kicked just the two goals against South Bunbury, and will look forward to closing the 12 goal gap that currently sits between he and the competition’s leading goalkicker – Matthew Martin of Carey Park.
In the RESERVES competition, Busselton sit third on the table, just one win behind league leaders Collie.
With Collie playing second-placed Eaton this weekend, it is a big chance for Busselton to consolidate a top-two spot.
Busselton boasts an impressive 6-2 record for the season so far, and kept South Bunbury to just four goals in their 88-point weekend win.
League coach Darian Cheffers kicked five goals for the reserves, while Oliver Ryan kicked two and was named best on ground.
Their percentage is at an impressive 229.87, and with four teams sitting within one win of each other, keeping it high will be a focus for Busselton.
The reserves kept Donnybrook goalless in their last meeting, recording a 172-point demolition in the process.
The COLTS were 142-point winners last time they played the Dons, and the challenge for them will be to produce a performance akin to that.
They were comfortably beaten last weekend, their 61-point loss leaving them a game outside the top five.
The previous week saw Busselton win by over 40 goals, and they will hope to bring some consistency as they build towards a finals charge.
With fifth-placed Bunbury and sixth-placed Augusta-Margaret River playing each other this weekend, a Busselton win will see them move up one place on the table, barring a draw.
Check out whether Busselton can complete the treble by heading down to Sir Stewart Bovell Oval on Sunday. The colts match begins at 10.15am, ahead of the reserves at 12.20pm and the league match at 2.30pm.