Hawks Get First Win Of The Season

Augusta Margaret River have won their first match of the 2024 Dale Alcock Homes South West premiership season, defeating Eaton by 59 points at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon.

On a day the produced multiple seasons in two hours, the match started in sunshine, before showers intermittently swept through the match along with a fresh breeze.

The opening term was a tight affair with the Hawks kicking the first goal, only for Jackson Broadbent to immediately reply. Two quick goals to the Hawks through Thomas McDonald and Steven Payne opened the margin again, before a period of end to end football, dominated by both backlines.  Greg Humphries kicked a goal from 45 metres out on the sound of quarter time, bringing the margin back to nine points.

The second quarter started at a frenetic pace with a spate of early goals to both sides and when Lochie Adcock kicked his first, the margin was back to eight points.  From this point, mid way through the second quarter, it would be all the Hawks.  Matt Bannister received a free kick from a marking contest, and in the process dislocated a finger.  After numerous attempts it went back in and he duly converted to open the margin.  A late goal to Jake Rodgers saw the home side 19 points in front at the main break.

Paul Rinder kicked a nice goal to start the third term, but unfortunately for the Boomers that would be their only score of the quarter, while the Hawks would kick the next six goals, with a goal from Matt Bannister from near the centre square the highlight.

The final term petered out with the game out of reach, with the Hawks picking up their ninth consecutive win over the Boomers.  Both teams now have one win a piece, along with five other sides after three rounds.

Matt Vardanega and Jake Rodgers played well for the Hawks, while Matt Bannister and Thomas McDonald were impressive in front of goals kicking four goals each.  Greg Humphries never stopped trying for the Boomers, while Jackson Broadbent also played well.

 

MATCH CENTRE

Aug Marg River  3.3.21   7.4.46   13.7.85   15.11.101
Eaton                    2.1.13   4.3.27    5.3.33      6.6.42

Goals:  Augusta Margaret River – Matthew Bannister 4, Thomas McDonald 4, Jack McMahon 2, Harvey Fisher 1, Byron George 1, Mitchell Payne 1, Steven Payne 1, Jake Rodgers 1.   Eaton – Lochie Adcock 2, Jackson Broadbent 1, Kobe Foster 1, Greg Humphries 1.
Best: Augusta Margaret RiverMatt Vardanega, Mitchell Payne, Matthew Bannister, Thomas Shanahan, Jake Rodgers, Thomas McDonald.  Eaton – Gregory Humphries, Jackson Broadbent, Nicholas Hodgson, Joel Wooding, Brendan Craig, Matthew Thomson.
Ground: Gloucester Park
Umpires:  Braden Surrall, Talen Guthrie
Reports: Nil
Crowd:  511

Greg Humphries played a great game again today for Eaton. Photos courtesy of Theron Kirkman