Hawks Hold Off Gallant Bulls

Augusta Margaret River have defeated a gallant Harvey Bulls by seven points at the Harvey Oval on Saturday afternoon, before a small crowd in round seven of the Dale Alcock Homes South West premiership season.

With a howling wind blowing to the Southern end, the Hawks didn’t really take advantage of the conditions, kicking just two goals in the opening term, while the Bulls managed just one behind.

The Bulls used the wind to its full potential in the second quarter kicking six goals, led by Jordan Strahan who would end up with three goals for the match.  The Bulls held a handy 19 point lead at half time, and looked like causing a big upset.

Augusta Margaret River would regain the lead in the third term, but were inaccurate and could have had a much bigger lead than nine points at the final break.  The Hawks were going to have to pull out all stops in the final term to hold off the Bulls who would kick with the breeze, and they did, kicking two goals to the Northern End to hold off the Bulls who peppered the goals in the final minutes.

Of the seventeen goals kicked in the match, only three were kicked to the Northern end of the ground.

Tom Shanahan, Oscar Armstrong and Steven Payne all played well for the visitors, while Ryan Lester-Smith continued his good form to be the Bulls best.

The Hawks will face Busselton next Saturday in Margaret River, while the Bulls head to Dunsborough on Sunday.

Aug Marg River      2.4.16     3.5.23    7.12.54     9.12.66
Harvey Bulls            0.1.1       6.6.42    6.7.43       8.11.59

Goals:  Augusta Margaret River  – Max Spyvee 4, Oscar Armstrong 2, Matthew Bannister 1, Byron George 1, Mitchell Payne 1.  Harvey Bulls – Jordan Strahan 3, Evan Hill 2, Domenico Celisano 1, Jordan Fimmano 1, Hayze Griffiths 1.
Best:  Augusta Margaret RiverThomas Shanahan, Oscar Armstrong, Steven Payne, Kel Evans, Quinn Donaldson, Mitchell Payne.  Harvey BullsRyan Lester-Smith, Camden McGillivray, Evan Hill, Jordan Strahan, Braden Fimmano, Zakery Pretty.
Ground:  Harvey Oval
Umpires:  Braden Surrall, Brady Larsen
Reports:  Nil
Crowd: 433