Bulls fall in finals preview
Augusta-Margaret River Hawks overpowered the Harvey Bulls by 24 points on Saturday at Gloucester Park in what could be a prelude to this year’s elimination final.
The Hawks managed to outplay the Bulls and maintain a steady lead from the outset to eventually claim a 10.4 (64) to 5.10 (40) victory.
The Bulls moved quickly to gain the first points but towards the end of the first quarter the Hawks had gained the lead.
Both teams missed early opportunities to get ahead on the scoreboard. Hawks midfielders Steven Payne and Cameron Melvin were working hard against the Bulls’ midfield of Dean Miller and Jaxon Egan. The ball was locked down the Bulls’ end of the ground for most of the second quarter because of the strong wind, but they could not take advantage.
Defenders Matt Robson and Darren Rumble held off the Hawks’ attacks, while Brett Lofthouse presented well up forward, but managed just the one goal.
After half-time, the heavy rain began to affect play with the Bulls not able to add a goal in the term.
Augusta-Margaret River’s Beau Morgan was able to defy the wind and boot a game-high three goals, while Ben Gerrans (two goals) was also a lively target.
The game wrapped up with another low-scoring quarter by both teams, but two more goals from the Hawks was enough for see them claim the win.