When Harvey-Brunswick-Leschnault key defender Zavier Williams gets up on game day, he counts his lucky stars for the opportunity to don the maroon and gold. The centre-half-back is a valuable asset to the league team and played his part in cementing his club’s name on last year’s premiership cup. However, his hopes of winning a back-to-back flag are not what keeps him at he club. Williams said his love for the Lions ran deep and HBL was “like a family” to him. “There is just something about the club that makes you want to come back,” Williams said. “We’re a unit and HBL has a great culture.” The 21-year-old rising star said he believed HBL “had that edge over other clubs” and thanked the volunteers for the club’s success. “You probably here this a lot, but I really do mean it when I say no amount of money could drag me to any other club in the South West Football League,” he said. “I look up to a lot of my older team mates who have mentored me over the years and I owe a lot to them. “The leadership team were awesome, especially early-on during the pandemic when the season was in doubt. “Fenwick, Sabourne, Newman and Piper have really stood up.” Despite two losses for the season, Williams said he believed the Lions were premiership contenders again this year. “Our first loss was a bit of a hiccup, but our second loss was an eye opener for us all,” Williams said. “We still need to work hard to get to the end game.” Williams said the Bunbury Bulldogs proved to be the Lions’s biggest threat, but did not write-off the efforts coming out of Busselton.