Cougars top Hawks to get off the mark

Narrogin Observer
Mason Hill being brought down in a tackle.
Camera IconMason Hill being brought down in a tackle. Credit: Jenny Forrest

Kukerin-Dumbleyung have recorded their first win of the year, handing Narrogin a devastating 15.8 (98) to 10.9 (69) loss at Clayton Road Oval on Sunday.

The visitors led comfortably throughout the day, 3.5 (23) to 1.3 (9) at the first break, 6.5 (41) to 3.6 (24) at half-time and 12.7 (79) to 7.7 (49) at the final change.

The Cougars midfield controlled much of the ball early in the first half, led by Damon Joyce.

Dane Ryan (one goal) and Kent Patterson (three) applied plenty of pressure all day, hunting Hawks with the ball all over the ground while collecting plenty of possessions for themselves.

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Colts player Haki Harcourt — in his second match for the Hawks’ senior side — and Nick Miller led a Narrogin lift across the ground after half-time. Nathan Ugle and Ryan Fleay were admirable in defence for the Hawks, doing their best to cover the loss of player/coach Blair Forrest who went down injured in the second term.

But Kukerin-Dumbleyung’s forward line boasted too much firepower, capitalising on their side's supply as Kim Gooding took plenty of strong marks to finish with six goals, complemented by Patterson's three and Peter Joyce’s two.

Cougar Jake Angwin kept dangerman Mason Hill to a relatively modest three goals for the day.

He was named among Kukerin-Dumbleyung's best with Rueben Smith, Patterson, Ryan and Joyce.

Jack Walsh, Perrin Quartermaine and Ryan Gray all made solid contributions for Narrogin alongside Ugle, Fleay, Harcourt and Miller.

Soul-searching for Wickepin as Ellis shines in Boddington walkover

Boddington has halted Wickepin's undefeated run in 2019, handing them a convincing 51-point defeat off the back of a five goal to one third term.

Harrison Ellis remains the competition’s No.1 forward, with 25 majors from four matches, kicking eight goals in the Eagles’ 15.21 (111) to 9.6 (60) victory in Wickepin.

The visitors did not make the most of their scoring shots in the first quarter, finishing with a 5.5 (35) to 3.1 (19) lead.

Wickepin closed the gap in the second with two goals to the Eagles’ one, trailing by 10 points — 5.4 (34) to 6.8 (44).

The premiers, however, blew the game away in the third, converting five of their 11 scoring opportunities to the Warriors’ one goal to establish a commanding 11.14 (80) to 6.5 (41) advantage at the final break.

Matthew White, James Hay and Benjamin Sherry were named in Boddington’s best, while Lewis Gillespie (three goals) and Chad Wrigley (two) were dangerous near goal with Ellis. Jaxon Ramsay added four goals to his season tally (10) and Luke Couch kicked two after last week’s seven-goal-haul for Wickepin.

Jordan Flavel (one goal), Rhys Johns and Kendall Wittwer were the Warriors’ top contributors.

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