Hawks win first final
Narrogin’s fairytale run in the back half of the 2019 Upper Great Southern Football League has continued at the expense of Brookton-Pingelly’s own premiership dream.
After finding themselves bottom of the ladder in round six, the Hawks are now just one win away from a spot in this year’s grand final, eliminating the Panthers in their first finals appearance since the club’s 2003 premiership.
An outstanding second half from Matthew Abraham (two goals) and Jack Walsh (three goals) lifted Narrogin to a 20.12 (132) to 10.21 (81) victory over the Panthers in their semifinal clash at Katanning’s Quartermaine oval on Sunday.
Brookton-Pingelly missed early first-term opportunities in front of goal, kicking four behinds for the quarter while Narrogin converted four majors to take a 4.1 (25) to 0.4 (4) lead at the first break.
The Panthers hit back during the second, as Callan Eddy, Dylan Kirk (two goals), Troy Bassett, Matthew Dean and ruck George Walton-Hassell led their side through the middle, pulling back the Hawks lead to two points by half-time.
Inaccuracy punished the Panthers again in the third, kicking 1.8 for the quarter.
Abraham gave his team spark when the game was there to be won, including a goal on the siren, while Walsh had the ball on a string playing through the wing and midfield.
Piling on nine goals to four in the last term, the Hawks were propelled to a 51-point win despite only having one more scoring shot.
Perrin Quartermaine provided Narrogin’s midfield with first use of the ball throughout the day, helping Ryan Gray (three goals) exert plenty of influence.
Kaine Riley was sensational in the Hawks’ back line, plucking plenty of intercept marks and creating opportunities for his side while running off his direct opponent.
Bradley Timms kept Cameron Jetta goalless, helping Riley lock-down the potent Panthers’ forward line.
Playing out of the square at full-forward, Tyson Kirk booted a team-high four goals from Brookton-Pingelly.
Mason Hill led the charge up front for Narrogin. The league’s leading goal kicker finished the day with seven majors and was among the Hawks’ best.
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