Late charge falls short
Katanning Wanderers have lost the battle for top spot on the Upper Great Southern Football League ladder after a 10-point loss to Narrogin Hawks, 14.11 (95) to 12.13 (85), at Clayton Road Oval last weekend.
Both teams had recorded a perfect 5-0 start to the season but the Wanderers’ winning run came to an end after inaccurate kicking affected them on the scoreboard.
Both teams came out strong in the first quarter and Katanning went into the first break with a seven-point lead, but Narrogin had a fivegoal second quarter to the Wanderers’ one and the home side had a 15-point lead at half-time.
The Hawks streaked ahead in the third quarter and had a comfortable 37-point lead heading into the final quarter, but Katanning came out firing in the last quarter and kicked four goals while the Hawks could only muster two points.
The Wanderers’ late charge was not enough and the Hawks are now the only undefeated team left in the league.
Mitchell Banks had five goals for the Wanderers, Tim Fitzgerald kicked three and Joshua Bootsma and Laurence Collard had two each.
In other league games, Wickepin had a 63-point win over Brookton/Pingelly, Williams had a 47-point win over Wagin, 17.14 (116) to 10.9 (69), and Boddington had a 42point win over Kukerin/Dumbleyung, 12.9 (81) to 5.9 (39).