Ea­gles best in ‘pond’

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

The Nar­ro­gin Hawks didn’t get the up­set win against sec­ond-placed Bod­ding­ton they were hoping for, on soaked oval that re­sem­bled a duck pond at times.

De­spite rain clear­ing for the league match, con­di­tions were try­ing for both sides in a low-scor­ing affair. The Hawks failed to score in the first quar­ter and Bod­ding­ton went score­less in the sec­ond.

A 4.5 third quar­ter to Bod­ding­ton set the two sides apart, with Alek Oliver, Alec Waight and Ja­cob Day the best afield for the vis­i­tors.

It was the younger play­ers who were im­pres­sive for Nar­ro­gin, Trevor Mead had a dom­i­nant game off of half-back and was best on ground for the home side.

Coach Blair For­rest hopes that ex­pos­ing the younger Hawks to these chal­leng­ing matches will pay div­i­dends to the club in years to come.

“Guys like Ryan Fleay, Tom Bom­ford, Phillip Agnew, Darryl An­der­son, Malachi Bolton and the list goes on. They’ll be much bet­ter foot­ballers in 12 months for it three or four years down the track. Hope- fully, we’ll be able to hold onto them. That’s what we’re build­ing to­wards,” he said.

Nar­ro­gin kicked two goals late in the last quar­ter and the score­board read 9.3 (63) to 3.9 (27) to af­ter the fi­nal siren, Bod­ding­ton’s Matthew White was the only mul­ti­ple goal scorer for the day with two ma­jors.

Else­where, Katan­ning con­tin­ues un­de­feated with a 35.22 (232) win over Wa­gin 0.6 (6) at their home ground, Ja­cob Win­tle and Ti­mothy Fitzger­ald each scored five goals for the Tigers, who now sit on a per­cent­age of 596 for the sea­son.

Wick­epin have slid into fourth spot with an im­pres­sive 16.16 (112) win over Brook­ton/Pin­gelly, 2.6 (18).

Jethro Duffy was best on ground for Wick­epin while Braden Smith led the goal kick­ing with three ma­jors.

In a game of mo­men­tum, Wil­liams over­came Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung at home, who brought the game within 13 points at three­quar­ter-time, af­ter trail­ing by 37 at half time.

How­ever a seven-goal-to-two last quar­ter proved too much for the vis­i­tors with the score­board show­ing 17.7 (109) to 10.3 (63) at full-time.

Pic­ture: Jenny For­rest

The soaked ground chal­lenged both sides but Bod­ding­ton proved to be too strong in the end.

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