Brave Hawks held at bay
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.
Boddington were one-point winners in a tight contest against the Narrogin Hawks.