Title-chasing Bulls ready to make amends in grand final against Brumbies

Warwick Greenwood A co-captains Dave Frodsham and Michael Richards with coach Andrew Di Loreto. Picture: Aaron Clinch
Warwick Greenwood A co-captains Dave Frodsham and Michael Richards with coach Andrew Di Loreto. Picture: Aaron Clinch

THE Warwick Greenwood Bulls are hungry for success.

Last year, the Metropolitan Football League division one side lost the grand final by less than two goals to neighbouring rivals Yanchep.

Already minor premiers, the team will look for redemption this Sunday when they take on the Baldivis Brumbies in the hope of winning their first division one flag.

Warwick Greenwood is no stranger to victory, with the division two side winning the 2011 premiership.

This season, the league was reduced to one division with both Bulls teams qualifying for finals.

Warwick Greenwood B was eliminated in the first week with a 130-point loss to Dwellingup.

With a week off to prepare, Warwick Greenwood A came out firing, defeating Queens Park by 56 points to send the Bulls straight to the main stage with another week off.

Coach Andrew Di Loreto said intensity at training the past six weeks had been at a premium as the Bulls paved their way to the grand final.

“The feeling is all very positive and the whole group is excited and prepared to put their best effort in on Sunday,” he said.

After coaching the B side for three seasons, Di Loreto said it was a great feeling to have the A team in the grand final in his first year in the role.

“I’ve certainly been very lucky to inherit a very talented group of players,” he said.

“Thanks to our previous coach Mick Cordell the team was in a great position to succeed when I took over.”

Di Loreto said the Bulls would be looking to deny the Brumbies possession and scoring opportunities as much as possible.

“Baldivis are a well drilled team and if they can implement their style of play, they’ll be hard to beat,” he said.

“They use the ball very well and have the league’s leading goal kicker (but) I am very positive that if we put in our best possible team effort, we’ll give ourselves every chance to win.

“In my experience, the team that wants it more on grand final day will win – sounds cliché but it’s true.”

This season has also seen the introduction of the Mercantile Shield for teams that did not make the finals.

The Alkimos Seahawks have thrilled spectators with a goal-on-the-siren win over Innaloo and one-point win over Midland to put them in the shield grand final.

This is their second year in the league after they competed as Brighton in division two last season.

Alkimos will take on Midland at noon on Sunday at Robinson Reserve in Tuart Hill, ahead of the MFL grand final at 2.30pm.