Augusta Margaret River tonight won the Busselton Toyota Cup Match at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton, by seven points as part of the opening day of round six of the South West Football League season.
In a strange scoreline, honours were evenly shared in the first quarter, with the home team holding a one point advantage. The Hawks dominated the second term kicking four goals in the opening ten minutes of the second quarter, and six in total to lead by a game high 37 points at the main break.
The third quarter saw the Magpies fight back, keeping the green and gold scoreless, closing within 13 points at the final change.
The Hawks would go 42 minutes without kicking a goal, but when Harry Taylor kicked his third the game looked in the Hawks keeping at the ten minute mark of the final quarter. Jaxon East immeditately replied narrowing the margin to two goals, before Harry Taylor took another strong mark, to convert and kick his fourth.
A quick snap in the pack at the 17 minute mark narrowed the scores again, and when a soccer goal from the pocket closed the margin to a goal, it would lead to a tense final few minutes. Harry Taylor took his third mark inside 50 for the quarter but missed for 35 metres, making the margin seven points. A quick transference of play would see Mitchell Howlett have a set shot for goal, but he also missed, leaving the home team still a goal behind. Harry Taylor marked again right in front, but missed for a second time in the closing stages, but that behind would be enough for the Hawks, who would win by 7 points.
It would be the Hawks seventh victory from their last 10 encounters.
Busselton find themselves mid pack after the loss and will have to regroup to take on the Bulls next Saturday, again at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, while the Hawks will play next Sunday against the bottom of the ladder Eaton Boomers.
Aug Marg River 2.2-14 8.5-53 8.5-53 10.7-67
Busselton 2.3-15 2.6-18 5.10-40 8.12-60
Goals: Augusta Margaret River – Harry Taylor 4, Jake Rodgers 3, Simon Moore, Blake Del Fante, Regan Smith. Busselton – Joshua Fleming 2, Liam Creighton 2, Ethan Bowman, Jaxon East, Daniel Mcginlay, Austin Styles
Best: Augusta Margaret River – Simon Moore, Harry Taylor, Kael Coleman, Lincoln Adams, Seve Grantis, Max Paterson. Busselton – Joshua Fleming, Liam Creighton, Mitchell Tenardi, Austin Styles, Nathan Arbon, Jackson Arbon
Ground: Sir Stewart Bovell Park
Umpires: Greg Rolfe, Aaron Andrews