Hawks’ pres­sure over­comes Lions

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Shane Earl

AU­GUSTA-Mar­garet River ce­mented a place in the fi­nals by com­fort­ably de­feat­ing Har­veyBrunswick-Leschenault by 37 points at Brunswick Oval on Sun­day.

The Lions started quickly, kick­ing the first three goals be­fore the Hawks had scored, but fell away to lose 12.10 (82) to 6.9 (45).

Zac Piper and Ty An­der­son were lively early in the game and the Lions’ for­ward pres­sure put the Hawks to the test.

The Hawks set­tled later in the term, but were waste­ful up for­ward to be down at the first break.

The in­ten­sity of the match re­mained high into the sec­ond term with both teams work­ing hard and it took 15 min­utes for a goal to be scored. This was through Hawk Ja­cob Oakes and was quickly fol­lowed by ma­jors to Steve Gran­tis and James Price.

Steven Payne and Rhys Gelmi were hav­ing a great bat­tle on their wing, with both play­ers hav­ing an in­flu­ence for their sides.

The Hawks came out af­ter the main break with con­fi­dence and their mid­field, led by Gran­tis and Ja­cob Payne, was get­ting on top.

Three more goals to the Hawks saw the lead get out to 28 points and the Lions were soon on the back foot.

The home side was play­ing with­out con­fi­dence, of­ten fum­bling and turn­ing the ball over un­der the Hawks’ in­tense pres­sure.

The Lions pressed hard early in the fi­nal term, but their dis­posal let them down.

On the other hand the Hawks were more pre­cise by foot, spread­ing well and find­ing space too eas­ily, es­pe­cially in their for­ward line.

They kicked an­other three goals in a row and the game was over. Kale Triplett kicked a con­so­la­tion goal for the Lions, but Ja­cob Payne booted a goal on the siren to cap off a great win for the Hawks.

Lions mid­fielder Bai­ley Tay­lor looks up­field against the Hawks

Pic­tures: Jon Gell­weiler

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault de­fender Jake Bloom­field is un­der pres­sure from a Hawks op­po­nent.

Lions de­fender Jordal Sell tries to get a kick away.

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