Eagles best in ‘pond’
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.
The soaked ground challenged both sides but Boddington proved to be too strong in the end.