Hungry Panthers real deal

Andrew PritchardNarrogin Observer
Mitchell Wiles shrugging off a tackle.
Camera IconMitchell Wiles shrugging off a tackle. Credit: Catherine Hughes

After years in the doldrums, Brookton-Pingelly looks the real deal, with their second win from three games in the 2019 UGSFL season.

In conditions more attuned to cricket than football, Brookton-Pingelly youngsters and veterans combined to defeat Katanning Wanderers by 71 points, 18.15 (123) to 8.4 (52).

On the scoreboard it was the Kirk and Jetta show with 15 of the 18 goals kicked by them. The Jetta cousins — Leroy and Cameron — kicked eight goals, while the Kirk brothers — Luke and Dylan — booted seven.

Leroy Jetta with the ball.
Camera IconLeroy Jetta with the ball.

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Katanning Wanderers, depleted by injury, also had youngsters who played well. Reece Eades and Charlie Tonkin made their debuts, Josh Pinney kicked three goals and Caleb Keley kicked a 65m goal on the run in the third quarter.

Brookton-Pingelly started strongly in the opening term with the Kirk brothers combining for three and Cameron Jetta — ever the opportunist — his first. Brookton-Pingelly went into the first break ahead 5.3 (33) to 1.2 (8).

Both sides defended well in the second term. The Panthers kept the Wanderers scoreless but added 3.7 to lead by 50 points.

The third quarter was the Leroy Jetta show. The former Peel dual-premiership player had been well held to that point. He kicked five goals and then appeared to injure an already heavily strapped left calf muscle and limped from the ground, not to return.

It was an entertaining quarter with 11 goals kicked, as players tired in the conditions and the game opened up. Brookton-Pingelly led by 71 points at the final break, 15.14 (104) to 5.3 (33).

Matthew Dean collecting the ball.
Camera IconMatthew Dean collecting the ball. Credit: Catherine Hughes

To Katanning’s credit the players fought-out the last quarter, as both sides added three goals each, with Reece Eades on debut kicking his first on the run.

Brookton-Pingelly with Dylan, Luke, Tyson Kirk, Bailey Parsons and Callan Eddy playing well won 18.15 (123) to 8.4 (52) by 71 points

There were encouraging signs for the future for Katanning in the form of Caleb Keley and Charlie Tonkin. Mitch Banks and James Laurino also played well.

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