Un­de­feated Hawks cap his­toric year

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times | Sport -

DEAN­MILL Hawks’ back-to-back Colts Pre­mier­ships cour­tesy of a com­pre­hen­sive 76-point vic­tory over Tigers, was made all the sweeter as they have now en­tered the Lower South West Football League his­tory books by go­ing through a sea­son un­de­feated.

The Hawks’ 19.7 (121) to 4.11 (35) Grand Final vic­tory at Im­pe­ri­als Oval on Satur­day was clear vin­di­ca­tion of their dom­i­nance in 2017 and as ex­pected their key play­ers were at the fore­front of the tri­umph.

Their play­ers or­ches­trated a con­stant flow of score­board pres­sure the Tigers out­fit sim­ply could not ar­rest de­spite their best ef­forts.

In ideal football con­di­tions, Dean­mill com­menced the con­test in em­phatic style as they used their col­lec­tive ar­ray of skills to open with a quick-fire four-goal surge.

The hot favourites utilised their ex­quis­ite ball skills to full ad­van­tage as they whisked the ball from de­fence to at­tack with full ef­fect to have the Tigers on the chase.

Jaxon East, Rory Sparks and Jared Edgar spear­headed the early run for­ward while Joshua De­campo and Jack Kil­rain pro­vided re­bound de­fence.

With the con­test slip­ping away, the Tigers found some much-needed grit in the sec­ond term to as­sume some form of con­trol.

Se­nior play­ers Zane Russo, Jethro Nam­nik and Kurt Dono­hoe led the Tigers’ chal­lenge as they col­lec­tively en­sured their side re­tained pos­ses­sion lead­ing to nu­mer­ous for­ward moves.

De­spite this charge, they sim­ply could not land goals and dis­ap­point­ingly ended with a one goal, eight-point re­turn for ef­fort.

Blake East and De­campo were solid de­fend­ers for the Hawks in this pe­riod.

Lead­ing by 24 points, the Hawks went about putting the game be­yond doubt in a pro­duc­tive third term reg­is­ter­ing six ma­jors.

Jaxon East and Sparks were in sen­sa­tional touch while Jozef Parkin­son, Edgar and Ja­cob Henry played prom­i­nent roles.

With the game in safe keep­ing, Dean­mill fi­nalised the job with a stir­ring seven-goal final term with Sparks con­tin­u­ing his best afield role with mul­ti­ple ma­jors.

Pic­tures: Mick Hill

Jared Edgar, from Dean­mill, takes the mark over his op­po­nent.

Cooper Sparks, from Dean­mill, takes the mark over Nathan Walsh, from Tigers.

Ro­han Bar­ber, from Dean­mill, gets the ball away from his Tigers op­po­nents.

Nathan Walsh, from Tigers, tries to spoil Blake East, from Dean­mill, as he goes up for a one-handed mark.

Nathan Walsh, from Tigers, looks to stop Jake Maloney, from Dean­mill, who tries to get past him.

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