It may have only been round five of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Season, but Saturday night under the new lights at Gloucester Park saw the game of the season to date, with the home team prevailing in an excellent game of Football.
The Hawks trailed for the entire match, but a late goal to Harry Taylor put the Hawks in front for the first time since the quarter time break, with five minutes to play. The Boomers had one final chance right at the death to snatch victory but it wasn’t to be, with the Hawks five point victors.
The match started in a frantic fashion and continued that way throughout, with the Hawks getting the early jump leading by eleven points at quarter time.
No-one saw what would follow with an avalanche of goals from the Boomers in the second quarter, kicking eight second quarter majors to lead by seventeen points at half time, with Joel Houghton and Brandon Jetta both getting in on the act.
With eleven goals kicked between the two teams in the second quarter, just nine goals would be kicked for the rest of the match, as the game tightened up, with the home team clawing back within two points at the final change.
In a pulsating final term, Harry Taylor’s fourth goal would ultimately be the match winner in a game with many highlights.
Steven Payne and Mitch Gerrans again played well, with Gerrans kicking three goals, Jackson Hill and Jack Wharton along with Jordan Falco got plenty of the ball for the Boomers.
Augusta Margaret River will now face Collie at Gloucester Park on Saturday, while the match of the round will be on Sunday when the Boomer will face South Bunbury at Glen Huon Reserve, who are coming off a shock loss to the Bulls. Both fixtures are day games.
Aug Marg River 4.2.26 7.4.46 10.8.68 13.10.88
Eaton Boomers 2.3.15 10.3.63 11.4.70 13.5.83
Goals: Aug Marg River – Harry Taylor 4, Mitch Gerrans 3, Simon Moore 2, Mitchell Payne 1, Jake Rodgers 1, Ben Taylor 1, Henry Shawcross 1. Eaton Boomers – Joel Houghton 3, Brandon Jetta 3, Jackson Hill 2, Herman Humphries 2, Karl Collard 1, Jacob Dragovich 1, Rex Kennedy 1.
Best: Aug Marg River – Steven Payne, Mitchell Gerrans, Samuel Lewis, David Hill, Jake Rodgers, Mitchell Payne. Eaton Boomers – Jackson Hill, Jack Wharton, Thomas Shanahan, Jordan Falco, Joel Houghton, Karl Collard.
Ground: Gloucester Park
Umpires: Michael Hearne, Ben Whitehill, Cam Valenti