Mar­garet River set fi­nals tone

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Dar­rel Cock­ram

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.

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