Bulls fall in fi­nals pre­view

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Pierra Wil­lix

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.

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