SWFL 2022: HBL look to redeem themselves at home while Donnybrook hope to build winning streak

Carly LadenSouth Western Times
HBL's Jarrod Humphries goes for a mark.
Camera IconHBL's Jarrod Humphries goes for a mark. Credit: Jon Gellweiler/Jon Gellweiler

After licking their wounds from an 87-point smashing by South Bunbury, Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault will be hoping to redeem themselves in their first home game of the season.

The Lions are set to host Donnybrook at Brunswick Oval on Sunday and will be hoping to correct a less-than-ideal start to their campaign in Ryan MacIntyre’s debut outing as league coach.

The Lions were kept to just three goals, all of which were kicked during the opening term, managing only several minor scores for the remaining three quarters.

HBL's Ben Ablett.
Camera IconHBL's Ben Ablett. Credit: Carly Laden/Bunbury Herald

HBL may also be stressing on the fitness of Ben Ablett who after returning from a long-term injury, came off limping early in the final term.

Meanwhile, the Dons will be looking to start building a winning streak despite hitting the road for a second week in a row.

In Shane Bolton’s debut outing as league coach, the Dons managed a 20-point victory over Collie Eagles last week despite boggy conditions.

Donnybrook's Jeff Smith.
Camera IconDonnybrook's Jeff Smith. Credit: Carly Laden/Bunbury Herald

Although both sides were locked in a tense arm-wrestle early in the contest, the Dons managed to get a march on the home side during the second term and were on course for victory.

Former Essendon Bomber Ben Howlett emerged as one of the Dons’ best, along with Jack Wheeler and skipper Cody Miller.

The Lions and the Dons last met at VC Mitchell Park during the final round of the 2021 home and away season when the Lions pulled off a convincing 16.11 (107) to 3.8 (26) victory over the Dons.

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