HAWKS BRACE DENIES ROVERS
The Manjimup Rovers were held to a pulsating 2-2 draw after the Harvey Hawks erased their two-goal lead in under two minutes at Meriden Park on Sunday.
After a goalless first half from both sides and a spray from the coaches, a fierce second half was played before the rain rolled in.
Manjimup’s new recruit Jamie Mair was arguably the best afield, racking up three votes from referee Basil Milentis.
Mair was in the midst of the action and used the wing to work the ball up the line and create scoring opportunities.
He gave away a foul for his collision with Harvey’s Matthew Robinson — who took home the two votes.
The evenly matched pair put on a show for excited spectators who braved the cold conditions to support their teams.
Manjimup’s Jesse Callaghan bagged the first two goals of the game with a powerful strike and a brave header.
The Hawks responded with two quick goals in under two minutes from Robinson and Isaac Stanford.
Callaghan finished with one vote and was looking fit after the season’s hiatus. Jeremy Connor also played a consistent game for Manjimup, but missed out on any referee votes.
The Rovers were unimpressed with a deliberate tackle on their striker from Hawks player Jonathon Adams. Adams was red carded and sent off for the remainder of the game.
Captain Troy Reid said he was happy with his team’s performance.
“It’s an improvement from our last game,” Reid said.
“We played a bit scrappy last week but we’re getting a few more passes in now.
“Our style of play is to just put up one striker to nab goals, but structurally we’re not quite there yet.”
The Rovers will host a fit-looking Geographe in Manjimup this week.
Jesse Callaghan attempts a goal for Rovers in an even clash against Hawks on Sunday.