Coach proud in de­feat

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Michael Traill

An un­der­manned Nar­ro­gin were un­able to halt the dominance of Katan­ning in round 6 of the Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League, suffering a 122-point loss.

The Hawks’ 7.2 (44) was the high­est score recorded yet against the lad­der lead­ers, who fin­ished the day on 24.22 (166), with an im­pres­sive nine­goal con­tri­bu­tion from Josh Bootsma.

De­spite the heavy loss Nar­ro­gin coach Blair For­rest took pos­i­tives from the game and com­mended the ef­forts of his side.

“To go out there, have a fourquar­ter ef­fort, chase and tackle, make it as tough as pos­si­ble against a qual­ity op­po­si­tion was pleas­ing to see,” he said.

“Not a huge amount of in­side fifties, but to kick seven goals-two, ac­cu­racy 80-85 per cent, re­ally happy with that.

“Re­gard­less of the re­sult to­day, it wasn’t about the win or loss, it was about go­ing out there and hav­ing a crack.

“To not have play­ers spit the dummy and con­tin­u­ously work hard was one of things we wanted to work on, which we did well, and there was a re­ally good feel­ing in the rooms af­ter the game.”

Joseph Lee stood out in the Hawks’ for­ward line with two ma­jors, while Malachi Bolton was im­pres­sive across the ground fin­ish­ing with two him­self.

Nar­ro­gin will play sec­ond­placed Bod­ding­ton this week­end, who ground out a hard­fought win against third­placed Wil­liams. A three-goalto-one sec­ond quar­ter was all that sep­a­rated the two sides, the score board read­ing 11.9 (75) to 10.7 (67) at the end of play.

Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung 13.15 (93) had a com­fort­able win over Brook­ton/Pin­gelly 8.9 (57) to go equal-fifth on the league’s lad­der.

While Wick­epin kept Wa­gin goal­less af­ter half-time to se­cure their sec­ond win of the sea­son, and gained some much need per­cent­age, the final score, 21.15 (141) to 4.8 (35).

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