Hawks in nail­biter

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Justin Fris Boomers speed­ster Heath Ry­der is brought to ground by Beau and Har­ri­son Mor­gan.

Au­gusta-Mar­garet River held on for a thrilling five-point vic­tory over Ea­ton Boomers in Sun­day’s first semi­fi­nal at Glen Huon Re­serve.

In an un­com­pro­mis­ing con­test, both sides were un­re­lent­ing in their pur­suit of the ball car­rier, with the big crowd treated to a mem­o­rable fi­nals clash.

Af­ter build­ing an early lead, the Hawks man­aged to sur­vive a valiant fourth-quar­ter fight­back from the home side and run out 12.15 (87) to 12.10 (82) winners.

The Boomers dom­i­nated early, how­ever were un­able to con­vert in front of goal.

Once soak­ing up waves of at­tack­ing raids, the vis­i­tors com­posed them­selves and headed into quar­ter-time with a tidy 10-point buf­fer.

Mo­men­tum ebbed and flowed be­tween both sides, who went goal for goal head­ing into time-on in the sec­ond term.

It was here where the match be­gan to turn.

Trail­ing by two points at the 20minute mark, the Hawks booted con­sec­u­tive goals through Jack Hick and Mitch Ger­rans to re­in­state their 10-point ad­van­tage at the long break.

Those goals were a ma­jor com­po­nent of the Hawks’ five goals booted in time-on across the af­ter­noon, whereas the Boomers kicked none.

The sec­ond telling mo­ment ar­rived at the 19-minute mark of the third quar­ter.

Trail­ing by six points, Bran­don Jetta had a rel­a­tively straight­for­ward shot at goal from 30m out di­rectly in front.

How­ever, in­stead of lev­el­ling the scores, the Boomers fans looked on in hor­ror as Jetta had the ball taken off him due to an off-the-ball in­dis­cre­tion by a team­mate.

The vis­i­tors promptly re­sponded with two goals in five min­utes to lead by 20 points at the fi­nal change, with Hawks duo Mitch Lynn and Mitch Payne in ev­ery­thing. Aware that only half an hour po­ten­tially re­mained in their sea­son, Brett Maguire’s men charged home with five goals in the term and ap­peared to be on course for a mem­o­rable come­back.

Al­though their for­ward en­tries were lim­ited in the fi­nal term, the vis­i­tors man­aged two ma­jors — both cour­tesy of Matthew Jukes — which gave the Hawks a lift when they needed it.

The Boomers pro­ceeded to kick two late goals through Jar­rod and Her­man Humphries to pull within two points at the 18-minute mark, but that would be as close as they would get.

As the fi­nal sec­onds trick­led away, the Hawks man­aged to lock the ball up at their end of the ground and deny the home fans a miracle they dared to dream of.

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