Hawks hold Tigers Goalless
South Bunbury slumped to an unwanted record on Saturday night at Hands Oval with their lowest League score in the South West Football League, held to only four points by Augusta Margaret River.
It is the second time this season the Tigers have been held goalless after a 0.5 effort against Donnybrook in round five.
In torrential rain the Hawks started well with Braden Smith kicking the only goal of the first quarter thanks to efficient field kicking into the wind.
Augusta Margaret River then piled on six goals in the second term with Jack Hick kicking two long range majors from free kicks with South Bunbury becoming increasingly frustrated.
When Hawks hard running midfielder Matthew Jukes snapped a miraculous goal from the boundary line in the dying stages of the second quarter the margin was stretched to forty-five points.
At half-time Tigers Coach Stephen Bilcich challenged his players to win the quarter and moved veteran half forward Guy Piggott up the ground to create an extra player at the contest.
South Bunbury Captain Martin Thompson lifted his work rate but so did Augusta Margaret River captain Mitch Lynn with the third quarter a tight arm wrestle.
Hawks back pocket Jack McMahon was inspiration on the last line of defence hitting every contest full chested and denying the Tigers forwards time and again.
South Bunbury couldn’t buy a goal when Full Forward Ben Horsman failed to score from a free kick only 30 metres out on a tight angle with the wind.
As the rain continued to grow in intensity so did the Augusta Margaret River thirst for the contest displaying an absolute ruthlessness in the final term.
Hawks wingman Tom McDonald then broke South Bunbury hearts when he snapped an incredible banana goal through traffic adding insult to injury as teammates came from everywhere to celebrate.
Augusta Margaret River Coach Matthew Jamieson said he was proud of his team’s discipline and skill level in a classy performance despite the conditions.
“We were wary that they would be stiff opposition after a very good win last week, and in the conditions, but we executed everything we set out to do today,” he said.
“Into the breeze, we used the chip out of the contest well which allowed us to control the first quarter especially and win the inside fifty count comprehensively.
“Lynny was huge today, he’s getting back to the form we know he is capable of but not only him, we have had a really great spread of players who contribute and have been able to address a few issues that have cropped up against different opposition throughout the year. We’re just starting to get it now and the players are very confident in what we can deliver week in week out.”
South Bunbury Q1. 0.2 - 2 Q2. 0.2 - 2 Q3. 0.2 - 2 Q4. 0.4 - 4
Augusta Margaret River Q1 1.3 - 9 Q2. 7.5 - 47 Q3. 7.6 - 48 Q4 10.9 - 69
Best Players: J. Ryder, T. Harper, J. Padlie, J. Dreja, R. Westra
AUGUSTA MARGARET RIVER FOOTBALL CLUB
Goal Kickers: H. Taylor 3, J. Hick 2, B. Smith 2, T. McDonald, M. Payne, M. Jukes
Best Players: M. Lynn, J. McMahon, M. Jukes, B. Gerrans, H. Taylor, M. Paterson
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