Harvey Brunswick Leschenault will rue some very inaccurate kicking, which saw them defeated by Augusta Margaret River at the Brunswick Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon, in the opening game of round seventeen of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, premiership season.
The Lions dominated the opening term with misty rain falling keeping Augusta Margaret River scoreless. The Lions kicked four behinds before getting a free kick at the fourteen minute mark, courtesy of a deliberate rushed behind, which Zac Piper converted from the goal line. A minute later a more conventional goal from Piper with a snap in the goal square had the Lions up by seventeen points, as an animated Hawks coach, Matt Jamieson was far from impressed.
The misty rain turned into a ten minute shower at the start of the second, with Oscar Armstrong slotting the Hawks first in the opening minute. Two minutes later Jack McMahon converted a relayed free kick and the margin was reduced to seven points. The Lions continued to dominate and continued to miss set shots, missing six set shots alone in the first half. James Finucane eventually found the major opening to give the Lions a little reward for effort, going to half time sixteen points in front, with fifteen scoring shots to four.
What ever Matt Jamieson said to the Hawks at half time worked, taking just ten minutes to erase the deficit and hit the front with goals to Kael Coleman, a snap from Zac Dronow and Brett Dobson with a goal on the run. The Hawks kicked five goals for the term, turning a sixteen point deficit into a thirteen point lead, as the Lions inaccuracy took them to 3.14.32 at three quarter time.
The Lions kicked a goal by Andrew Walsh early in the last and when Ned Gualter kicked an excellent goal on the run, the margin was reduced to a point, with the Lions seemingly having the momentum. The Hawks rallied again kicking the final four goals of the match to claim victory by 26 points.
Brett Dobson played well, kicking three majors for the Hawks and giving another forward option to Jack McMahon who also kicked three goals. Lincoln Adams was again super reliable, defending grimly particularly in the first half when the Lions had the majority of the play in their forward line. Connor Carbone continued his excellent form to again be amongst the best for the Lions.
The Lions had the majority of the play finishing with 5.15 (45), four more scoring shots than the Hawks yet lost by 26 points.
Augusta Margaret River will host Collie in round eighteen, while the Lions will travel to Eaton.
Augusta Margaret River 0.0.0 2.2.14 7.3.45 11.5.71
Harvey Brunswick Leschenault 2.7.19 3.12.30 3.14.32 5.15.45
Goals: Augusta Margaret River – Brett Dobson 3, Jack McMahon 3, Oscar Armstrong 2, Kael Coleman 1, Zac Dronow 1, Henry Shawcross 1. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Zac Piper 2, James Finucane 1, Ned Gualter 1, Andrew Walsh.
Best: Augusta Margaret River – Brett Dobson, Finn MacShane, Oscar Armstrong, Kyle Anderson, Zac Dronow, Lincoln Adams. Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Connor Carbone, Tom Kelly, James Finucane, Blake Offer, Seann Arrowsmith, Blake Soulos.
Ground: Brunswick Showgrounds
Umpires: Aaron Andrews, Henry King