Hawks, Wanderers, Wickepin and Panthers bank 4 points

Michael Traill & Andrew PritchardNarrogin Observer
Adrian Cinanni collects the ball for Narrogin.
Camera IconAdrian Cinanni collects the ball for Narrogin. Credit: Michael Traill

Hill a man mountain for Hawks

Narrogin have bolstered their finals aspirations, going two games clear in the top four after winning their fifth game on the trot in Kukerin.

Mason Hill (eight goals) was unstoppable in the Narrogin forward line, while Ryan Gray booted three goals in a dominant midfield performance as the Hawks boosted their percentage with a 21.15 (141) to 7.5 (47) victory.

Kukerin-Dumbleyung got an early jump on the Hawks, with Peter Joyce kicking an early goal before the Cougars found themselves leading by four goals to nothing halfway through the first quarter.

Narrogin struggled to find a target despite dominating the inside-50 count. Ralph Kickett finally made the breakthrough with a major before Jack Walsh found another to get the Hawks back in the game by quarter-time.

The Cougars led 4.2 (26) to 2.0 (12) at the first change.

The Hawks kicked into gear immediately after the first break, kicking five unanswered goals, three of which came from Hill.

Damon Joyce managed to find one for the home side late in the first half to bring the margin back under two kicks, with Narrogin leading 7.2 (44) to 5.3 (33) at half-time.

The Cougars could only find one goal to the Hawks’ five in the third term, when Narrogin extended their lead to 12.7 (79) to 6.5 (41) at the final change.

With the game firmly in control, Narrogin’s midfield occupied by Perrin Quartermaine, Walsh, Gray, Adrian Cinanni and Jack Lambert started winning centre clearance after centre clearance as the Hawks piled on another nine goals to one in the final term.

Quartermaine, Gray, Walsh (two goals), Matthew Abraham (one goal), Hill and Kyle Mead were all outstanding for the Hawks.

Joyce, Byron Blevin (one goal), Jack Keast, Connor Berry, Ross Gooding and Cody Ditchburn were named best for the Cougars while Nathan Ditchburn and Kent Patterson kicked two goals each.

Wanderers stay on winning road

Katanning Wanderers continued their winning ways, with a third victory from the past four games.

After a few heart flutters in the final quarter, when Williams kicked five goals in the first seven minutes, Katanning steadied to kick the final two goals to win 14.17 (101) to 11.2 (68).

A fierce breeze blowing to the Ram Pavilion End of Quartermaine Oval meant scoring against it was almost impossible. Katanning kept Williams scoreless for the two quarters when Williams were kicking against the breeze.

With the breeze at their backs in the first quarter, the Wanderers started brightly.

Mitch Banks led from full-forward and Rowan Nicholson, James Laurino and Billy Collier provided ample opportunities to five goal scorers.

At quarter-time Katanning led 6.6 (42) to 0.0 (0).

It was then over to Williams to see if they could replicate Katanning’s play with the wind, but they were kept goalless for the first seven minutes of the second quarter.

Brett Lavender finally managed to mark and convert for Williams’ first major, before his team added four more in the quarter.

At half-time, Katanning led 7.7 (49) to 5.1 (31).

Katanning needed goals in the third quarter and they kicked five, including two each to Banks and Braden Crosby, to go into the final quarter ahead by 53 points. The last quarter started with rush, with Williams kicking five goals in seven minutes to close the margin to 19 points and make an amazing comeback win look possible.

Katanning made a critical decision to move Banks into defence, where he took a number of important marks to quell any chance of a Williams’ boilover.

Katanning added the final two goals through youngster Josh Pinney and Josh Newman, who played soundly all day in the forward line.

Laurino, Banks (five goals), Reece Nicholson, Khallom Zilm and Newman in the forward line were Katanning’s best.

For Willams, Simon Panizza, Craig Stedman, Jon Price and David Medlen were important.

In the reserves, first-placed

Williams played second-placed Katanning and in a very one-sided game, Katanning kept Williams goalless.

The 63-point loss, 10.7 (67) to 0.4 (4) was Williams’ second of the season.

Wickepin have edge in run to finals

Wickepin have knocked Boddington off the top of the Upper Great Southern Football ladder, holding on to a 10-point win in a possible grand final preview.

Eagle Lewis Gillespie (six goals) could not drag his side over the line, as Dion Anthony (five goals) led the Warriors to a 12.18 (90) to 12.8 (80) win away from home.

Only two points separated the league leaders at quarter-time, Wickepin finishing the term with their noses in front, 2.5 (17) to 2.3 (15).

Wickepin extended their advantage slightly by half-time, in front 6.8 (44) to 5.3 (33), before holding a 9.13 (67) to 8.6 (54) at the final changeover.

Anthony, Rhys Angwin (two goals), Rhys John (one goal), Kyle Medcalf and Jayden Schofield were all important for Wickepin.

For Boddington, Gillespie, Joshua Commisso, Damian Hayward, Matthew Giumelli and Beaux

Venables were impressive while Chad Wrigley slotted three

majors.

Both sides will be looking to consolidate their top-two positions next week.

Boddington travel to Narrogin to face an in-form Hawks outfit while Wickepin take on a struggling Kukerin-Dumbleyung at home.

Panthers take four points from Wagin

Brookton-Pingelly secured the all-important four points at the weekend against a Wagin outfit which fell away in the last 10 minutes of the match.

Dylan Kirk had the ball on a string through the Panthers’ midfield, leading his side as they overwhelmed the visitors in the end 15.13 (103) to 8.10 (58).

Wagin scrapped to a one-point lead, 2.3 (15) to 2.2 (14), at quarter- time before Brookton-Pingelly hit the front by the end of the second quarter 5.6 (36) to 4.4 (28) .

The Panthers extended their lead in the third, going into the last break up 9.10 (64) to 6.8 (44).

Leroy Jetta (one goal) gave the Panthers’ engine room flair, while Tyson Kirk (two goals) also made important contributions throughout the day.

Callan Eddy was impassable across the half-back line for Brookton-Pingelly, leading a solid Panthers back six with assistance from Jordan Hughes.

Cameron Jetta booted four goals for the match, the most of any Panther, followed by Joshua Hughes with three.

A dangerous Matthew Dean chipped in with one goal while James Spark and Luke Kirk finished with two goals each.

Lachlan Hall and Michael Zioti did their best in defence for Wagin.

Campbell Putland (one goal) and Brett Jeffery were also among Wagin’s best, while Michael Seeds kicked two goals.

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