Ac­cu­rate Hawks win hard slog as Bulls miss their chances

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Pierra Wil­lix

AU­GUSTA-Mar­garet River Hawks over­pow­ered the Har­vey Bulls by 24 points on Satur­day at Glouces­ter Park in what could be a pre­lude to this year’s elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

In a game that was open through­out for ei­ther team to take the win, the Hawks man­aged to out­play the Bulls and main­tain a steady lead from the out­set to even­tu­ally claim a 10.4 (64) to 5.10 (40) vic­tory.

The Bulls moved quickly to gain the first points on the score­board but towards the end of the first quar­ter Au­gusta-Mar­garet River had gained the lead.

Both teams missed early op­por­tu­ni­ties to get ahead on the score­board, with the play trav­el­ling be­tween both ends of the ground.

Hawks mid­field­ers Steven Payne and Cameron Melvin were work­ing hard against the Bulls’ mid­field of Dean Miller and Jaxon Egan in what was an en­thralling con­test.

The ball was locked down the Bulls’ end of the ground for most of the se­cond quar­ter be­cause of the strong wind, but they could not take ad­van­tage.

Bulls de­fend­ers Matt Rob­son and Dar­ren Rum­ble held off the Hawks’ at­tacks, while Brett Loft­house pre­sented well up for­ward, but man­aged just the one goal for the game.

Af­ter half-time, the heavy rain be­gan to af­fect play and the ball re­mained in the mid­dle of the ground, with the Bulls not able to add a goal dur­ing the term.

Au­gusta-Mar­garet River’s Beau Mor­gan was able to defy the wind and boot a game-high three goals, while Ben Ger­rans (two goals) was also a lively tar­get up for­ward for the home side.

The game wrapped up with an­other low scor­ing quar­ter by both teams, but two more goals from the Hawks was enough to see them claim the win.

Pic­ture: Pierra Wil­lix

Har­vey Bulls’ for­ward Josh Krispyn chases the foot­ball.

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