Margaret River set finals tone
Augusta-Margaret River tuned up for the finals with a workmanlike 12.10 (82) to 9.6 (60) win over an enthusiastic Harvey-BrunswickLeschenault at Brunswick on Saturday.
The pacey Hawks dominated the first 15 minutes of the game as if they were chasing percentage, with Jack Hick causing problems for the Lions defence.
His two majors and one to Mitch Payne set the tone early and when the Lions began to finally win their share of the ball, Kristin Thornton popped up with a goal.
The Hawks slipped away with a couple of quick goals in the second term but the second half of the quarter belonged to the Lions.
Around the ground the young Lions were growing in confidence and when Thornton goaled from a free kick and followed up from a mark, scores were level.
The Hawks regained control in the third term with Mitch Payne and Hick again on the scoreboard.
Anderson swooped for a clever goal and Thornton’s goal after the siren reduced the deficit to 16 points. But the Hawks’ lead proved to be enough as play in the final term was mainly between the 50m arcs.
Mitch Andrews and Harry Morgan had a strong battle in the ruck while the Hawks’ prime movers, the Paynes, Hick and Mitch Lynn were prominent.
For the Lions, Ty Anderson impressed while Thornton was effective with five goals.