This weekend sees the penultimate weekend of action in the senior men’s BHSA competition, which means it’s semi final time, and the fixtures are identical across the A Grade and B Grade.
West Panthers will take on the Goats of Alma for the opportunity to face St. Joes in next weekend’s Grand Final.
West scraped through to the semi finals by virtue of Celtic falling to Alma 1-0 in the final round of competition.
Anticipation is high as we get to the business end of the competition. Alma head coach Will Hebbard is looking forward to the occasion.
He pointed to the incredible headed goal right-sided player Kaiden Johnson scored to win the game for them in the exact same fixture against the same opposition last year.
“If you didn’t see him head the ball, you would’ve sworn it came off of his boot,” he said.
“He is definitely one to watch if there are any scoring opportunities are available, he’s definitely unbeatable in the air.”
Mr Hebbard also said Codey Ralph has shown much talent this year. He talked up the left winger and praised the development he has made in his game this season.
Young gun Jvargo Hebbard was also singled out by the coach.
The 15-year-old, playing as a right winger, “has outmatched most of his competition this season,” says Mr Hebbard.
There is a feeling of real confidence throughout the camp.
“We will go up against West with a full-strength team and I believe we will go on to the Grand Final with the great bunch of young blokes I have in my team,” Mr Hebbard said.
West Panthers coach George Bujega is confident of getting a full-strength side on the pitch as well.
He is hoping the injury nightmare which has blighted the Panthers all year this season is a thing of the past.
“We should have a full team. There are a couple out with injury but I seem to be able to get the numbers together,” Mr Bujega said.
“Us and Alma are on a bit of a par mate, and it is just going to be one of those games where it’ll just be the team to get the ball in the back of the net that will win.”
Integral to West getting over the line will be the performance of striker Ashton Reed and young winger Harper Bronson.
Alan Garry in the centre of the park will be crucial to a positive West performance, also.
The men’s action kicks off at 12pm at O’Neill Sporting Complex with the B Grade semi-final, before West and Alma take each other on in the A Grade from 4pm this Sunday, September 11.