Tigers veteran boots six in big win
Boulder veteran Henry Papertalk turned back the clock against depleted opposition with six goals in a much-needed Goldfields Football League percentage booster against Kambalda on Saturday.
With Kambalda minus six key players, on top of those already gone after big job losses in the nickel town and through injuries, Boulder did what was required on a grim day for the Eagles to win by 102 points, 19.21 (135) to 5.3 (33).
The wide margin was welcomed by Boulder, who went into the clash at Digger Daws Oval locked on five wins and a draw with secondplaced Railways, but trailing the defending premiers by almost 12 percentage points.
With the previous three matches producing a loss to first-placed Mines Rovers, a draw with Railways and a last-gasp win over a struggling Kalgoorlie, some Boul- der insiders viewed Saturday’s clash as a danger game.
Kambalda, however, simply did not have the personnel to adequately compete and were 18 points in arrears after five minutes.
The Tigers piled on 6.6 to quarter-time against a besieged opposition defensive unit as Kambalda failed to score.
The Eagles’ first goal came off the boot of star forward Kael Bergles three minutes before halftime, but the team was already in a 69-point hole at the long break.
To their credit, Kambalda managed four second-half goals, but the Tigers peppered the goals the rest of the way with 8.10.
Without a genuine power forward, Boulder spread the load via nine goalkickers, including one from former West Coast champion Daniel Kerr, who played his third game for the club.
Deputy vice-captain Chris Bowie was the main support for Papertalk with three goals, while Alex Devitt, Jack Martin and Zak Vergone booted two.
If not for some shoddy finishing, Devitt might have capped a lively forward display with at least five goals and team leaders Chayne George and Matt Scott were typically effective.
Bergles kicked four of Kambalda’s five goals.
Kambalda’s Gary Miller reaches out to tackle Boulder’s Kaine Ah-Chee during their clash at Digger Daws Oval on Saturday.
Boulder’s Jack Martin is tackled by Kambalda’s Alan Ballard during Saturday’s one-sided league clash at Digger Daws Oval.
Former West Coast star Daniel Kerr.