Wick­epin win not enough

Narrogin Observer - - Observer Sport - Laura Gru­bisa

Katan­ning, Bod­ding­ton, Nar­ro­gin and Wil­liams will be con­test­ing this sea­son’s UGSFL fi­nals, which start on Sun­day in Wa­gin.

Wil­liams and Wick­epin were re­ly­ing on re­sults to fall their way in last week’s matches, and Wil­liams’ 12-goal win so­lid­i­fied their fourth-place po­si­tion, mean­ing Wick­epin stayed in fifth and nar­rowly missed the cut for fi­nals.

The league game be­tween Wick­epin and Nar­ro­gin came down to the wire as the Hawks fought back against a 27-point mar­gin at three­quar­ter-time, and Wick­epin walked away two-point win­ners, 10.14 (74) to 11.6 (72).

The first half was tightly con­tested as Wick­epin went into quar­ter-time with an 11-point lead, but Nar­ro­gin fired back quickly at the be­gin­ning of the se­cond quar­ter.

Scores fluc­tu­ated through­out the se­cond term, but it was Wick­epin who had a 10-point lead at half­time.

Wick­epin un­leashed in the third quar­ter and left Nar­ro­gin be­hind, and it looked like a win was cer­tain for the home team as they went into three-quar­ter-time with a 27point lead in muddy con­di­tions.

Nar­ro­gin ral­lied and pro­duced a stun­ning fi­nal quar­ter per­for­mance to get the mar­gin back down to just two points, but Wick­epin were de­ter­mined to come away with the win and held on at the fi­nal siren.

Wick­epin’s Kyle Ang­win was stretchered off dur­ing the game af­ter in­jur­ing his an­kle, and Ty­ron Miller was shoul­dered off postgame as he sur­passed the Wicke- pin league game record. Wil­liams’ win over Bod­ding­ton was enough to se­cure a spot in the fi­nals and keep Wick­epin in fifth po­si­tion.

Ralph Kick­ett was again out­stand­ing in front of goals and kicked four ma­jors for the Hawks. Per­rin Quar­ter­maine had three. Nar­ro­gin kept Wick­epin to a sin­gle first-quar­ter goal in the re­serves game, and had a 33-point third quar­ter to record a 60-point win, 10.12 (72) to 1.6 (12).

The colts had a bye and the Hawks D-grade won by 139 points.

In other league games, Wil­liams blew Bod­ding­ton away with a 71point win, 19.18 (122) to 7.9 (51), Katan­ning Wan­der­ers had a com­fort­able 134-point win over Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung, 26.17 (173) to 6.3 (39), and Brook­ton/Pin­gelly had a 17-point win over Wa­gin, 16.10 (106) to 13.11 (89).

The first round of semi­fi­nals is in Wa­gin on Sun­day with Nar­ro­gin Hawks and Wil­liams in the league, Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung and Wil­liams in the re­serves, Wa­gin and Katan­ning Wan­der­ers in the colts, and Brook­ton/Pin­gelly and Bod­ding­ton in the D-grade.

Pic­ture: Laura Gru­bisa

Wick­epin raced out to a 27-point lead at three-quar­ter-time which was re­duced to just two points by the end of the game.

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