Hawks swoop to tame Tigers, Eagles soar in round 2

Michael Traill and Andrew PritchardNarrogin Observer
Perrin Quartermaine being carried off by Blair Forrest and Ralph Kickett.
Camera IconPerrin Quartermaine being carried off by Blair Forrest and Ralph Kickett. Credit: Picture: Karen Fazey, Karen Fazey.

Hawks swoop to tame Tigers

Narrogin have handed Katanning their first regular-season loss since round 12 in 2017, in a thrilling match that went down to the last minute at Quartermaine Oval.

Wanderers captain James Laurino and Corey Eades dominated through the midfield during the first term against a strong breeze, as Katanning kicked five goals unanswered until an after the siren goal to Hawks’ full-forward Mason Hill.

In his 200th game, skipper Perrin Quartermaine led Narrogin from the start of the match taking a number of contested marks across the grounds to keep his side in the game.

Katanning held a 5.2 (32) to 1.1 (7) lead at quarter-time.

Kicking into the breeze, the Hawks lifted for their milestone captain in the second term, with Ryan Gray, Jack Walsh and Nick Miller lifting their side through the midfield, while Ryan Fleay kept Katanning’s forwards accountable.

From improved inside-50s Narrogin’s Ralph Kickett and Matty Abraham kicked a goal each to reduce Katanning’s lead at half-time to 5.8 (38) to 3.4 (22).

Darryl Anderson continued his ferocious chasing, tackling and run and carry in the third term, which had both sides booting three goals.

Kickett was dangerous in the forward line for the Hawks, while Katanning shared their majors around with nine individual goal scorers for the day.

Troy Flugge proved damaging for the Tigers off their half-back line as they held a 8.11 (59) to 6.9 (45) lead at the final break, also assisted by a strong performance by Braden Crosby around the ground.

At three-quarter-time Mitch Banks, who had kept Hill to one goal, was moved to Katanning’s forward line.

The swing initially seemed to have paid off for the home side who kicked two of the first three goals of the last quarter, through Banks and Khallon Zilm, to lead by 23 points at one stage.

Hill with the freedom away from the close-checking Banks, roared to life with good leads and strong marks, kicking six of Narrogin’s last seven goals.

With less than a minute to go Katanning Wanderers led by one point.

Hill marked twice in this time, to kick the winning goal and then added one after the siren, giving Narrogin an improbable 11-point win 13.9 (87) to 10.16 (76).

Eades finished with two majors for Katanning.

Ellis boots seven as Eagles soar

Boddington have bounced back after a disappointing round 1 loss to hold off a determined Wagin on Sunday in the Upper Great Southern Football League.

Playing at home, the reigning premiers were looking to make amends for their shocking loss against Brookton-Pingelly in round 1.

The Eagles got off to a flying start, taking a strong 5.1 (31) to 1.1 (7) lead going into the first break.

Wagin readjusted in the second term, matching the Eagles with two goals apiece to finish the first half 23 points down, 7.4 (46) to 3.5 (23) in favour of the home side.

The two sides again could not be separated on the scoresheet in the third quarter, both kicking 3.2.

Still facing a 23-point deficit, the Bulldogs fought gallantly after the last break, kicking four goals to Boddington’s two.

Boddington’s efforts in the first quarter and a seven-goal haul to Harrison Ellis proved the difference as the Eagles recorded their first win of the season, 12.7 (79) to 10.9 (69).

Michael Seeds was best on ground for the visitors, finishing with four majors.

Campbell Putland was also impressive for Wagin and finished with two goals.

Brendan Adams booted two goals for the day while Riley Pokler was named best on ground alongside Putland and Seeds.

Chad Wrigley and Ryan Smith were damaging for the victors in their forward half, kicking two goals each.

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