Local soccer followers will be heading to Hay Park on Anzac Day to witness the finals of the South West Soccer Association’s Pioneer Cup competition. This year the Pioneer Cup has been successfully conducted as a pre-season competition. On Thursday, Association life member Ron Moss and Bunbury MLA Don Punch will be the guests of honour in what promises to be two very even encounters. It will also be an opportunity for the code to showcase the completed floodlighting upgrade project at the Hay Park South precinct.
In the men’s final neighbours Busselton City and Dunsborough Town will clash with the latter starting as favourites. Dunsborough has returned to the Premier League for 2019 and have embarked on a considerable recruitment drive under new coach Jack Eades. Despite surprisingly being defeated by Hay Park United on the opening game of the season, Dunsborough looked the goods when they defeated Australind 4-1 in their last game. Whilst Busselton City will include a number of promising young players in their squad, their fortunes will certainly be dependent on the efforts of experienced midfielders Rich Amey and Mathis Wieler.
Hay Park United ladies side are currently unbeaten and will be looking to add the Pioneer Cup to their trophy cabinet. However their opponents, Margaret River are a rapidly improving side and are very capable of upsetting their more experienced rivals. Much of Hay Park’s strength comes from midfielder Hayley Castrilli and Margaret River will need to counter her clever distribution and goal scoring skills. Both sides met prior to Easter with a 1-1 draw eventuating and Thursday’s game promises to be another free-flowing and entertaining game.
Games commence at 12.30pm.