Tigers vet­eran boots six in big win

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Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT - Neale Har­vey

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.

Pic­tures: Mary Meagher

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.

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