Augusta Margaret River have returned to the winners circle after defeating Eaton on Saturday afternoon at Glen Huon Reserve by 28 points, in front of a dismal crowd.
The Hawks set up the victory in the opening quarter, kicking six goals in quick succession, with Jack McMahon kicking the first goal in the opening minute. McMahon would leave the ground momentarily to be patched up after a collision, which saw him play the rest of the match with a huge bandage around his head and chin. It didn’t stop him though, as he dominated the forward line all day for the Hawks.
Tom McDonald snapped a nice goal to put the visitors two goals up, with Scott Tynan kicking Eatons only goal of the opening term reducing the margin to four points. This flicked a switch for the Hawks who rattled off four goals in quick succession, with an excellent goal on the run by Dylan Spicer the pick of the bunch. McMahon was marking everything and finished the quarter with two goals on his was to four for the match.
Eaton would dominate the second quarter, but struggled to put scoreboard pressure on the Hawks, with Jason Cartledge and Jackson Hill kicking goals to reduce the margin to fifteen points, as the Hawks were kept goal-less.
The third term saw the Boomers score early via Josh Bowe to reduce the margin to ten points, with the home team having all of the momentum. That momentum was flattened when Simon Moore snapped an excellent goal and when Jack McMahon converted after receiving a bullet like pass from Moore the margin had extended to 24 points. Cameron Bennell narrowed the margin again, only to have McMahon return the favour moments later. Scott Tynan kicked his second on the sound of three quarter time with the margin 19 points.
The final quarter was a dour affair with plenty of errors, resulting in a mountain of turnovers to both teams. The Hawks had a plethora of scoring shots, missing six shots in a row, while the Boomers missed three, with the only goal of the final term coming in the last minute of the match to Mitchell Pidgeon.
Simon Moore was highly influential in the victory, obtaining a multitude of possessions, while Steven Payne also played well, and McMahon was the dominant forward kicking four goals, but he missed six, in what could have been a big day out for the Hawks forward.
James Chadwick, Jackson Hill and Greg Humphries were amongst the Boomers best.
Due to other results, where Collie defeated Dunsborough, Eaton have dropped to the bottom of the table, with the Boomers to face Bunbury in round seventeen. The Hawks will travel to Brunswick, to take on the Lions next Saturday.
Aug Marg River 6.2.38 6.4.40 9.9.63 10.16.76
Eaton 1.3.9 3.7.25 6.9.45 6.12.48
Goals: Augusta Margaret River – Jack McMahon 4, Byron George 1, Thomas McDonald 1, Simon Moore 1, Tahn Payne 1, Mitchell Pidgeon 1, Dylan Spicer 1. Eaton – Scott Tynan 2, Cameron Bennell 1, Josh Bowe 1, Jason Cartledge 1, Jackson Hill 1.
Best: Augusta Margaret River – Simon Moore, Steven Payne, Jack McMahon, Koopa Anderson, Lincoln Adams, Mitchell Pidgeon. Eaton – James Chadwick, Jackson Hill, Taj Sims, Josh Bowe, Gregory Humphries, Paul Rinder.
Ground: Glen Huon Reserve
Umpires: Damien O’Donoghue, Matthew Stewart