HAWKS BRACE DE­NIES ROVERS

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: Bri­ana Fiore

Jesse Cal­laghan at­tempts a goal for Rovers in an even clash against Hawks on Sun­day.

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