Duo too much for opposition as Hawks tame Bulldogs
A six-goal second term set Augusta-Margaret River up for a 25-point win over Bunbury at Gloucester Park on Saturday.
After a tight first term, the creativity of Matthew Jukes (four goals) and Jack Hick (three) was too much for the Bulldogs’ defence, as the home side went on to claim a 11.11 (77) to 7.10 (52) victory.
Hick was dominant in the first half, taking several contested marks and giving his midfield a focal point up forward, while Jukes was working well at ground level and playing deep in attack to trouble Bunbury’s defence.
The Hawks ran harder and spread the ball better than the Bulldogs, beating them at their own game. Jack McMahon was outstanding across half-back for the Hawks, mopping up any loose balls and giving Bunbury headaches.
The Bulldogs lacked variety up forward, with Brett Peake (four goals) their main option in attack.
Mark Longbottom (two goals) tried his best, but Bunbury’s midfield efforts were wasted as the Hawks’ defence stood firm. Brad Blake and the Gribble brothers, Jesse and Trent, worked tirelessly against a tough Hawks unit led by the Payne brothers, Jacob and Mitch.
The second half was a tighter affair and goals were hard to come by, making the Hawks’ half-time lead the difference in the game. McMahon was player of the match.