Warriors capitalise on Hawks errors
Wickepin have surged to the top of the Upper Great Southern Football League ladder, remaining undefeated after easily accounting for Narrogin on Saturday.
Luke Crouch dominated in the Warriors’ forward line, piling on seven goals in his side’s 18.8 (116) to 10.11 (71) victory.
The Hawks held an early lead against Wickepin, led by Nick Miller and Jack Walsh who found plenty of the ball through the centre.
Narrogin led at quarter-time 3.0 (18) to 2.2 (14), but Wickepin began to out muscle the home side around the contest in the second.
The Warriors’ half-back line broke most of the Hawks’ advances forward, crushing Narrogin’s outside run.
The visitors built a 21-point lead, going into half-time 7.5 (47) to 4.2 (26).
After the main break, Wickepin again lifted their intensity and costly turnovers at crucial moments from the Hawks extended the Warriors’ lead at three-quarter-time despite a late fightback.
Consecutive goals to Wickepin early in the fourth term ended the Hawks’ momentum.
Wickepin ran away, kicking six goals to three in the last quarter.
Jayden Brooks, Trent O’Brien and Jordan Flavel all impressed for Wickepin, alongside Crouch.
Ryan Gray, Matty Abraham, Perrin Quartermaine, Kyle Mead, Miller and Walsh did their best for the Hawks.
Warriors’ Rhys Angwin, Jaxon Ramsay and Joel Duffy finished with two majors each, while Mason Hill booted four for the Hawks and Mead snagged two.
Nine goals to Harry Ellis and five to Jake Wilson was more than enough for Boddington to collect the four points in Kukerin on Sunday.
The 22.8 (140) to 8.9 (57) victory was a welcome percentage boost for the Eagles, their
second win in what is shaping to be a tight season in the Upper Great Southern.
A Boddington win never looked in doubt. The visitors kept Kukerin-Dumbleyung goalless in the opening quarter, while kicking five themselves to lead 5.2 (31) to 0.2 (2) at the first break.
Six goals to two pushed the Eagles into a dominant position at half-time, heading into
the main break up 11.3 (69) to 2.4 (16).
Boddington again kicked six in the third term to the Cougars’ two, extending their lead to 17.6 (108) to 4.7 (31).
Kukerin-Dumbleyung almost matched the Eagles in the final term, kicking four goals to the visitor’s five.
Alek Oliver, Josh Commisso and Lewis Gillespie were Boddington’s best across the ground.
Three majors to Andrew Moody and two to Gillespie complimented Ellis and Wilson’s combined 14-goal haul.
Thomas Weston kicked five of the Cougars’ eight goals, while Byron Blevin, Sam Howie and Damon Joyce were the home side’s best.