Cats continue march towards flag

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Hawks’ Blair Forrest fights for the ball against the boundary line.
Camera IconHawks’ Blair Forrest fights for the ball against the boundary line. Credit: Jenny Forrest

Spectators were treated to athrilling semifinal, full of momentum swings, in the opening game of the 2018 UGSFL finals campaign last Sunday.

Coming off a heavy defeat in Boddington last week, Narrogin were looking to prove their place in this year’s finals series.

Williams, meanwhile, headed into the game with confidence after impressive wins overKukerin/Dumbleyung and Boddington over the previous two rounds.

The Hawks opened scoring for the match before a quick response from Williams stretched them out to a one-goal lead midway through the first term.

Narrogin managed to level the scores before the end of the quarter as both teams kicked 2.2 (14) by the first break.

Williams missed their opportunities during the second quarter, but went into half-time with anine-point advantage, 6.6 (42) to 5.3 (33). Narrogin pegged back the lead in the third term, kicking three goals to two.

Simon Panizza had the opportunity to take the Cats’ lead back out to nine points, but missed his shot after the siren.

Starting the quarter in front, 8.10 (58) to 8.6 (54), Williams hadto withstand the run and carryof Narrogin in the final term.

They kicked three goals toNarrogin’s two, securing a 11.14 (80) to 10.7 (67) victory and theright to continue their campaign towards a flag.

Trevor Mead and Ryan Fleay were sensational for the Hawks across half-back.

Kyle Mead finished the match with three goals while playing in the middle and was the Hawks’ best for the day.

Williams’ David Medlen kicked three goals and was named best on ground for the Cats with Bryan Hardie and Jonathon Price. Katanning will face Boddington next week in Williams for a place in the grand final, with the loser taking on Williams the following week in Brookton.

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