Carey Park have defeated Augusta Margaret River at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon, winning the round fifteen fixture by 42 points.
The Panthers may have won the match, but the effort from Augusta Margaret River could not be under-stated, with as many as fourteen regular League players either not available or injured, with the Hawks taking it right up to Carey Park throughout the match.
Carey Park were expected to win, and that they did, but the home team put up their best performance in recent weeks, after conceding the first ten goals in round fourteen against the Bulls.
The match was given added spice with former AFL player Sydney Stack playing on permit with Carey Park, with Stack doing some good things across the day.
Ryan King kicked the opening goal, before both teams came to a stalemate for the following ten minutes, as both teams struggled to hit targets in the windy conditions. Nicholas Broad kicked the Hawks first, before Zane Verhaaf converted a set shot to extend the Panthers advantage. A late goal to King who snapped truly from 20m after a chain of handballs gave the visitors a 13 point advantage at quarter time.
The second quarter belonged to Carey Park, with Ryan King providing an excellent lead, leading to his third goal and the Panthers fourth. Connor Gadecki soccered a goal a minute later, and when Te-sean Hart kicked the Panthers third goal in four minutes, the writing was on the wall for the Hawks. A good goal on the run to Dylan Spicer brought the home crowd to life, before Jared Cook roved off the pack to kick the Hawks third, reducing the margin to twenty points. Three late goals to the Panthers deflated the home team, who went into half time trailing by 39 points.
The Hawks started the third well, dominating possession and were rewarded with a goal to Nicholas Broad from a set shot, followed by a goal to Henry Shawcross. Carey Park stemmed the Hawks control, with a goal to Verhaaf, but the Hawks fought back again and when Shawcross kicked a goal deep in the pocket the margin was back to 22 points.
Carey Park kicked four goals to one in the final term to win the match by 42 points, which was not a true reflection of the match, with the Hawks showing determination and grit which wasn’t evident in recent matches.
Jaxon Bell played a great game, gaining many possessions, while Ryan King again dominated in the forward line, despite the efforts of Linc Adams who never stopped defending thoughout the match.
Carey Park will now face South Bunbury in a genuine blockbuster next Sunday at Kelly Park, while the Hawks will travel to Glen Huon on Saturday to face Eaton.
Carey Park 3.3.21 9.4.58 10.6.66 14.9.93
Aug Marg River 1.1.7 3.2.20 7.2.44 8.3.51
Goals: Carey Park – Ryan King 5, Zane Verhaaf 3, Jack DiLallo 2, Te-sean Hart 2, Connor Gadecki 1, Rory O’Brien 1. Augusta Margaret River – Nicholas Broad 2, Henry Shawcross 2, Koopa Anderson 1, Jared Cook 1, Mitchell Pidgeon 1, Dylan Spicer 1.
Best: Carey Park – Jaxon Bell, Ryan King, Jamahl Mulholland, Harley Sparks, Jack DiLallo, Jacob Orsi. Augusta Margaret River – Henry Shawcross, Mitchell Pidgeon, Lincoln Adams, Simon Moore, Steven Payne, Jacob Payne.
Ground: Gloucester Park
Umpires: Daniel Ebert, Scott Jones