It’s The Year Of The Hawk

A perfect day, ended in the same manner for Augusta Margaret River , who won the 2021 Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL League Grand Final on Sunday afternoon at Hands Memorial Oval, before one of the biggest crowds to a Grand Final in many years.

As perfect a day as it was, the game itself didn’t reach the same heights with a dour affair resulting, with neither team kicking a goal in the first or third quarters, with plenty of ball-ups and throw-ins.  The Hawks would kick five goals to one in the second quarter to lead by twenty one points, with the Magpies, having just one goal on the board at the main break.

Busselton still only had a goal leading into the last and desperately needed to kick the first goal to have any chance, but when the Hawks kicked the first Busseltons fate was sealed.  Busselton did kick two goals in the last term, including one to Aidan Fraser deep in the pocket but that was immediately matched at the other end as the Hawks kicked five goals to storm to victory by forty points. The two late Busselton goals saved them from the lowest score in grand final history (HBL 2.6-18 in 2017), but it was the second lowest score of all time.

A couple of late scuffles livened the crowd up momentarily, but the win was imminent, and when the final siren sounded, it was pure joy for the Hawks who finished on top of the ladder and were too good for Busselton on the day.

Simon Moore again played a great game, winning the Pike Medal.

MATCH CENTRE

Augusta Margaret River  0.1-1  5.3-33  5.5-35  10.6-66
Busselton 0.4-4  1.6-12  1.7-13  3.8-26

Goals:  Augusta Margaret River – Harry Taylor 2, Beau Morgan 2, Benjamin Smith 1, Tab Hunter 1, Kael Coleman 1, Samuel Lewis 1, Seve Grantis 1, Jacob Payne 1.  Busselton – Aidan Fraser 2, Jaxon East 1.
Best: Augusta Margaret River – Regan Smith, Simon Moore, Laine Rasmussen, Beau Morgan, Seve Grantis, Jacob Payne.  Busselton –  Mitchell Fraser, Cody Cox, Zac Pethybridge, Joseph Budiselik, Ethan Bowman
Ground:  JE Hands Memorial Oval
Umpires:  Scott Jones, Greg Rolfe, Michael Hearne
Reports: Nil
Pike Medal:  Simon Moore (AMR)
Crowd: 4378