Late charge falls short

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Katan­ning Wan­der­ers fought back in the last quar­ter but Nar­ro­gin Hawks walked away with a 10-point win. Laura Gru­bisa

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).

Pic­ture: Casey Doak

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