Brave Hawks held at bay

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Laura Gru­bisa

Nar­ro­gin Hawks came ag­o­nis­ingly close to de­feat­ing lad­der-lead­ers Bod­ding­ton last Satur­day but lost by just one point, 7.9 (51) to 7.10 (52), in a thrilling match in the Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League.

The Hawks were search­ing for form af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance against Katan­ning last week and they found it in a great dis­play at Clay­ton Road Oval.

Nar­ro­gin blew Bod­ding­ton away in the first quar­ter, kick­ing five goals to two points but the visi­tors stead­ied in the sec­ond term and the mar­gin was 16 points in favour of the Hawks at half-time.

Bod­ding­ton found their form in the third quar­ter and kicked four goals to one to hit the lead for the first time in the match. The fourth quar­ter was the most in­tense of the game as both teams were des­per­ate to get the win and no goals were scored although both sides had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Bod­ding­ton and Nar­ro­gin kicked three points each and Bod- ding­ton walked away one-point win­ners.

Bod­ding­ton’s win re­tains their two-game buf­fer over Katan­ning at the top of the league lad­der and Nar­ro­gin re­tain their po­si­tion in third.

Wil­liams have now over­taken Wick­epin in fourth spot by per­cent­age and with just two weeks un­til the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son the only teams as­sured to be play­ing fi­nals are Bod­ding­ton and Katan­ning.

Nar­ro­gin’s re­serves won due to Bod­ding­ton for­feit­ing, they also had a 25-point win in the colts and a 64-point win in the D-grade.

All other league games were onesided wins, with Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung get­ting a 130-point win over Brook­ton/Pin­gelly 25.17 (167) to 5.7 (37), Wil­liams win­ning by 77 points over Wick­epin, 19.12 (126) to 7.7 (49) and Katan­ning Wan­der­ers eas­ily de­feat­ing Wa­gin by 144 points, 29.24 (198) to 8.6 (54).

Nei­ther side scored a goal in the tense fi­nal quar­ter as Bod­ding­ton held on to their one-point lead.

Pic­tures: Laura Gru­bisa

Bod­ding­ton were one-point win­ners in a tight con­test against the Nar­ro­gin Hawks.

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