Hawks Take Upper Hand In Fight For Top Spot

Augusta Margaret River have returned to the top of the ladder, after defeating South Bunbury in a hard fought contest on Saturday afternoon at Gloucester Park.

The much anticipated much was close and tough throughout, precipitated by misty rain that fell for the majority of the match, unlike other venues in the South West which were bathed in sunshine.

The Hawks got off to a good start kicking the opening two goals of the match, keeping the Tigers goal-less in the opening stanza.

The second quarter saw a flurry of goals from South Bunbury as they hit the front only to have the Hawks reply late in the term, with the home team up by a point at the main break.

Six points would be the margin at three quarter time, with both teams fully aware of what was at stake, not only with top spot but the opportunity to go to a second semi final in a few weeks time.  A victory by eleven points would be enough for the Hawks to replace South Bunbury at the top of the ladder, and in the end the margin was twelve in an excellent game of football.

With the greasy conditions, scoring goals was not easy but Oscar Armstrong managed three, while Seve Grantis, Steven Payne and Simon Moore all played well, while Jay Wright and Tom Gorter were amongst the best for the Tigers.

At the conclusion of the match, the Hawks had moved above the Tigers by a mere 0.42% with the Hawks to have the bye in round twenty one, while South Bunbury will face third placed Bunbury.  The following week, the Hawks will play Bunbury, while South Bunbury will have the League bye.  If Bunbury defeat South Bunbury next Saturday, South Bunbury have to hope Bunbury can also beat the Hawks in the final round to have any hope of finishing on top, while if South Bunbury win, the Hawks will also have to win to claim the minor premiership.

MATCH CENTRE

Aug Marg River  2.3.15  5.4.34  7.6.48  9.8.62
South Bunbury  0.3.3  5.3.33  6.6.42  7.8.50

Goals:  Augusta Margaret River – Oscar Armstrong 3, Beau Morgan 2, Zac Dronow 1, Seve Grantis 1, Max Paterson 1, Harry Taylor 1.  South Bunbury – Jesse Crichton 2, Bodhi Nordahl 1, Rocco Versace 1, Ethan Nordahl 1, Kevin Chitty 1, Jordan Strahan 1.
Best:  Augusta Margaret RiverSeve Grantis, Simon Moore, Steven Payne, Oscar Armstrong, Jake Rodgers, Mitchell Payne.  South Bunbury – Jay Wright, Thomas Gorter, Cole Sawyer, Rhys Crawford, Ben Horsman.
Ground:  Gloucester Park
Umpires:  Vance Burton, Scott Jones, Kevin Hutchins
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  546

Photo courtesy of Wayne Hislop