By Sam Watson
THE West Gippsland Football Netball Competition finals series is approaching, and Phillip Island looks primed to three-peat.
The Bulldogs sit on top of the ladder with 10 wins, one loss and a whopping 302.99 percentage.
They’ll be expecting to finish on top of the ladder once again, putting them in the box seat to claim their third West Gippsland title.
In each of their last two premiership campaigns, they’ve finished on top of the ladder, and they’ll be expecting nothing less once again.
But Inverloch-Kongwak are not far behind and if the Bulldogs somehow drop two games, the Sea Eagles could snatch top spot.
It looks like Ben Soumilas’ team will finish in second, but Tooradin Dalmore were just starting to hit their straps before the lockdown.
The Seagulls just had convincing wins over fellow finals contenders in Garfield and Cora Lynn and looked like they were going to bolt home.
Pre-season many pundits tipped Tooradin Dalmore to be the side to beat in 2021, but their early form was disappointing for a team of that calibre.
If the season can get back on track soon, they will also like their chances to cause some havoc come finals.
Below Tooradin Dalmore by just percentage are Nar Nar Goon and after starting the season on fire, the Gooners have struggled due to injuries in the last few weeks.
They were dealt a massive blow at the hands of Inverloch-Kongwak in their first game back after the first lockdown and last week they lost to the Warragul Industrials.
The Gooners will definitely make finals, but they’ll need to find some form if they’re to do any damage.
Another side who hasn’t really hit their straps fully this year is Cora Lynn, but they too will be amongst the action come finals time.
The Cobras have been down this season by their lofty standards, but they have only lost three games and a spot in the top two is not out of reach if they fire up when play returns.
Garfield rounds out the top six on seven wins and four losses and their scheduled run home will likely see them stay in that spot.
But the Warragul Industrials will be desperate to sneak into sixth and they can’t be ruled out just yet.
Barring a miracle Bunyip will not make it and they will join Kilcunda Bass as two sides who were hoping for better finishes in 2021.
Korumburra Bena, Koo Wee Rup, and Dalyston will spend the last games doing their best to avoid the wooden spoon.
In the A Grade netball, Dalyston look primed to reclaim their crown after going undefeated to this point.
Korumburra Bena and Tooradin Dalmore will both be in the mix once again, but the Magpies will certainly fancy their chances to lift the cup again.
Bunyip, then Warragul Industrials and Nar Nar Goon round out the top six, but Phillip Island and Inverloch-Kongwak will both be hoping to secure some late wins and replace Nar Nar Goon in sixth.