An­other draw for the Lions

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Lin­coln Bertelli

HAR­VEY-Brunswick-Leschenault achieved the re­mark­able feat of the first team to ever record con­sec­u­tive draws af­ter fin­ish­ing level with Ea­ton Boomers at Brunswick Oval on Satur­day.

The Lions trailed by 31 points early in the third quar­ter and hit the front late in the game be­fore a goal from 150 gamer Matt Buchanan brought the Boomers level for the Lions’ sev­enth drawn game at league level.

The Boomers would also rue a pe­riod of third quar­ter in­ac­cu­racy, kick­ing six suc­ces­sive be­hinds to end that term, as they fin­ished 8.14 (62) to the Lions’ 9.8 (62).

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault coach Derek Hall said it was dif­fi­cult to sum up his team’s sec­ond straight draw, a week af­ter ty­ing with Bun­bury, but was pleased with the Lions’ come­back.

“It’s a range of emo­tions but I was re­ally proud of the boys for the way they ap­plied them­selves, es­pe­cially af­ter quar­ter time,” Hall said.

“They showed a lot of re­silience so that’s a re­ally good les­son we have learned.”

For­mer Lion Jay Wal­ton kicked two of his three goals early as the Boomers scored the game’s open­ing four ma­jors, with best-on-ground Chris At­thowe pro­vid­ing plenty of qual­ity ser­vice into the for­ward line. Ea­ton staved off the Lions’ first come­back at­tempt af­ter half-time but in­ac­cu­racy stopped them from putting the game away.

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault kicked the first four goals of the last quar­ter and looked to have the game won be­fore a fran­tic fin­ish.

Af­ter Buchanan’s goal, an ex­tended pe­riod of Lions’ at­tack­ing ul­ti­mately re­sulted in just a point.

It looked to be de­ci­sive un­til the Boomers went coast-to-coast and a Blake Piggott shot sailed wide for a point, which would be the last ac­tion of a thrilling game.

Boomers coach Brett Maguire said the feel­ing was mixed but also be­lieved it would be a learn- ing ex­pe­ri­ence for his side.

“I’m one of those guys who be­lieves we will win ev­ery game we play so it is dis­ap­point­ing if you look at it like that,” Maguire said.

“You can get lost in the draw as ev­ery­body does but I think we’ve learned a lot out of it, so I’m not quite sure.”

The Lions will now pre­pare to host Don­ny­brook on Satur­day af­ter­noon, while the Boomers will travel to Hands Oval on Sun­day to take on reign­ing premiers South Bun­bury.

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault coach Derek Hall.

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