Collie Jump Two Spots

Collie Eagles have defeated Eaton at the Collie Recreation Ground on Sunday, in round nineteen of the SWFL and in doing so have moved from the bottom of the ladder to ninth, at the expense of both Eaton and Dunsborough.

In a dour opening quarter, both teams kicked two goals, but the skills of both teams were letting them down, with some terrible field kicking, particularly into the forward line giving the forwards no chance to lead and mark effectively.

Greg Humphries would kick the opening goal after receiving a 50m penalty, but Adam Bignell replied for Collie almost immediately.  The Eagles hit the front when Kye Barker converted from long range, but on the stroke of quarter time Josh Bowe put the Boomers back in front.

The second quarter saw the Boomers take command, but didn’t really get reward for effort.  A relayed free kick would see Jackson Hill convert from point blank range, and when James Chadwick marked at the top of the goal square surrounded by Eagles, the margin extended to eleven points.

Collie came out after half time with and attacked relentlessly and in a ten minute period changed the complexion of the match.   Sam Russell goaled from long range to put the Eagles in front after Bignell and Cameron Davidson had goaled earlier in the quarter.  Brad Gaylard kicked a remarkable goal from 75m out for Eaton, with his long kick landing inside 50, pitching twenty metres out in the pocket, before the ball made a b-line for the goals like a homing pigeon.  The ball rolled and rolled, beating the despairing lunge on the goal line by the Collie defenders, bringing the margin back to three points.   It would be the Boomers final goal of the match.  Jayce Fontana kicked two quick goals, with the home side leading by 16 points at the final change.

With the game on the line, the tackles were ferocious at the start of the last, as Eaton tried valiantly to score to put pressure on the Eagles.  A quick transference of play saw Robert Chitty snap truly from 20m out to give the Eagles a 22 point advantage.   Odinn Hetherington-Kirk converted a set shot, as Collie celebrated, realising they had broken the Eaton resistance.  Cameron Davidson snapped a miraculous goal on the behind line in general play which some how found the major opening, extending the margin to 35 points, which would be the final margin.

Despite the match being riddled with errors, Adam Bignell and Kye Barker play particularly well for Collie, while Lochlan Kent and Greg Humphries were amongst the best for Eaton.

Collie have matches against HBL, Donnybrook and Busselton to finish the season, and may well have survived obtaining the wooden spoon.  Dunsborough and Eaton who are now below Collie, play in round twenty two.

MATCH CENTRE
Collie Eagles  2.2.14  2.6.18  7.8.50  10.10.70
Eaton  2.3.15  4.3.27  5.4.34  5.5.35

Goals:  Collie Eagles – Adam Bignell 2, Cameron Davidson 2, Jayce Fontana 2, Kye Barker 1, Robert Chitty 1, Odinn Hetherington-Kirk 1, Samuel Russell 1.  Eaton – Josh Bowe 1, James Chadwick 1, Bradley Gaylard 1, Jackson Hill 1, Gregory Humphries 1.
Best:  Collie EaglesAdam Bignell, Kye Barker, Zac Pilatti, Talan Michael, Samuel Russell, Jayce Fontana.  Eaton – Lochlan Kent, Nicholas Hodgson, Brendan Craig, Gregory Humphries, Paul Rinder, Brandon Pegler.
Ground:  Collie Recreation Ground
Umpires:  Daniel Ebert, Matthew Stewart
Reports: Nil
Crowd:  462

Photo courtesy of Faye Golding