Hawks lucky to hold on

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Wagin’s Brendan Adams evades advancing Hawks players.
Camera IconWagin’s Brendan Adams evades advancing Hawks players. Credit: Jenny Forrest

Narrogin escaped a surprise upset from winless Wagin on Saturday, stringing three wins in a row and securing some breathing space in the top four.

The Hawks started the match strong, finishing the first quarter with an unchallenged lead of 4.4 (28) to 0.2 (2).

Narrogin maintained their dominance for much of the second quarter, stretching their lead out to eight goals to one.

Wagin’s Nathan Spooner sparked the Bulldogs’ come-back, booting three goals in as many minutes before a strong mark and goal from former Fremantle champion and Wagin coach Paul Duffield in the second quarter’s closing minutes reduced the Hawk’s lead to 8.4 (52) to 5.7 (37) at half time.

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The Bulldogs came out with fighting spirit, hunting Hawks players in packs and completely out-numbering the visitors at stoppages.

Wagin managed the first goal of the half to further reduce Narrogin’s lead to under two kicks.

Two quick and innovative goals midway through the term from Chris Williams blew the Hawks’ lead out to 22 points going into the final break.

Wagin put on three goals to Narrogin’s one in the last quarter.

Narrogin outlasted the Bulldogs to finish the game victors 11.8 (74) to 9.8 (62). On Sunday, Williams recorded a big win over Brookton Pingelly. Ricky Cary led the Cats to a 26.13 (169) to 2.9 (21) with 10 goals for the day.

Katanning held Kukerin/Dumbleyung to just a single goal, recording their 10th win in a row for the season.

Kane Shephard backed up his impressive form from Landmark, in the Tiger’s 17.27 (129) to 1.0 (6) win.

Boddington recorded their ninth win of the year easily overcoming Wickepin 13.16 (94) to 3.9 (27).

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