Snapshot of highs, lows
The picture tells the story as South Bunbury caved against a resilient Hawks side in last Sunday’s elimination final. Going without a goal in the first quarter, the league side came back from 36 points down to win. The Hawks colts side also goes through to the finals after a strong win at the weekend.
Augusta-Margaret River overcame a 36-point deficit to record a thrilling one-point victory over South Bunbury in Sunday’s elimination final.
After dominating for the first half, the Tigers were mown down by the Hawks in the second half, with their 14.6 (90) to 14.5 (89) victory a result which will be talked about for years.
The Tigers settled quickly into the match and looked far the better team in the first term.
Their run and spread from half back was causing their opponents all sorts of problems.
The Hawks were not helping their cause with poor disposal inside 50. Liam McKenna and Matt Giacci were dominant in the midfield and South held a 23point lead at quarter-time.
It was more of the same from the Tigers early in the second term, with Leigh Kohlmann (four goals) kicking an early major.
When Jed Montgomerie kicked truly following a horrible defensive error from the Hawks, the margin was out to 36 points and it looked ominous for the visitors.
But from that moment on, it was a different game, with the Hawks hitting the front in timeon during the final quarter through a brilliant snap from Beau Morgan.
Then came an error by the Tigers which ultimately proved to be their downfall.
The Hawks forced a behind, and the Tigers defender kicking out trod on the goal-square line.
In the ball-up that followed, there was a mad scramble of players and Mitch Gerrans somehow goaled from the pack.
The lead was seven points but South would not lie down.
Kohlmann set up Guy Piggott for a quick reply and the home side had seconds to register a major to hit the front.
The Hawks managed to tie the ball up for long enough after the bounce to record a win for the ages.
Their absolute jubilation at the final siren was in stark contrast to the Tigers, who were a shattered team.
Dynamic Hawks forward Jack Hicks marks strongly in his side’s upset win against South Bunbury.