Snap­shot of highs, lows

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - FOOT­BALL Shane Earl

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Dy­namic Hawks for­ward Jack Hicks marks strongly in his side’s up­set win against South Bun­bury.

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