HAWKS’ HEART­BREAK

Nar­ro­gin lost the Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League grand fi­nal on the week­end as Katan­ning broke a 31-year flag drought.

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Katan­ning Wan­der­ers are the 2017 Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League pre­miers af­ter beat­ing Nar­ro­gin Hawks by 43 points, 17.14 (116) to 11.7 (73), at Quar­ter­maine Oval.

The Hawks had three teams com­pet­ing in the league, colts and D-grade fi­nals but did not pick up wins in any of their games.

In the league game, Katan­ning had home-ground ad­van­tage and had not lost at Quar­ter­maine Oval all sea­son, but Nar­ro­gin were com­ing off great form in their pre­vi­ous fi­nals matches and were hop­ing to cause an up­set. The Wan­der­ers stamped their author­ity on the game in the first quar­ter as they raced out to a 19-point lead as Nar­ro­gin only scored one point for the term.

The Hawks found their feet in the sec­ond quar­ter as Ralph Kick­ett scored five goals, but Katan­ning kicked an­other four and held a 24point lead at half-time.

Nar­ro­gin outscored Katan­ning in the third quar­ter but only re­duced the mar­gin by two points, as the Wan­der­ers took a 22-point lead into the fi­nal term.

Katan­ning kicked six goals in the

fi­nal quar­ter to Nar­ro­gin’s three and picked up the 43point win and the UGSFL premier­ship.

Tim Fitzger­ald kicked five goals for the Wan­der­ers and Mitchell Banks had three, while Ralph Kick­ett had seven goals for the Hawks and Darcy Boyle and Ethan Boatwright had two each.

Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung won the re­serves premier­ship with a 38-point win over Wa­gin, 10.11 (71) to 4.9 (33), Bod­ding­ton are colts pre­miers af­ter beat­ing Nar­ro­gin by 45 points, 11.10 (76) to 4.7 (31), and Katan­ning Wan­der­ers picked up their sec­ond premier­ship of the day with a 21-point D-grade win over Nar­ro­gin, 7.6 (48) to 4.3 (27).

The Hawks have their endof-sea­son pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner at Clay­ton Road Oval on Satur­day from 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are $45 and can be pur­chased from Nar­ro­gin Newsagency.

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Nar­ro­gin’s Ethan Boatwright in full flight.

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Katan­ning Wan­der­ers cel­e­brate their grand fi­nal win over Nar­ro­gin Hawks.

Wan­der­ers look for op­tions as the Hawks move in.

A Wan­der­ers player tries to mark.

Katan­ning and Nar­ro­gin’s big men con­test the ruck.

Hawk Nathan Ugle tries to evade his Wan­der­ers op­po­nent.

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