Duo too much for op­po­si­tion as Hawks tame Bull­dogs

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

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.

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