Hawks out-fly Eagles
A gallant Collie Eagles were blown out of the water early by a blistering burst of six goals in 15 minutes from the Augusta Margaret River Hawks on Saturday at Collie Recreation Ground.
Talented young Eagles wingman Jack Dye kicked the first goal of the game but after a brief hiccup the Hawks midfield dominated the opening term.
It was a welcome return for Augusta Margaret River’s sharp shooter Ricky Cary, who bagged three goals and showed his class with a long bomb from 50m on the boundary line. Matthew Jukes and Mitch Lynn were impressive in the Hawks engine room, with silky skills and hard running a feature in the first half.
However, Collie coach Seth White swung the magnets around at half-time moving Matthew Michael to defence, Matthew Blackford to Mitch Payne and Teke Vernon onto Mitch Lynn.
“I thought Teke quelled Mitch Lynn’s influence in the second half. Mitch is always going to get a bit of the ball because he wins it himself but Teke stopped him getting it outside of the stoppage,” he said.
Despite the forward barrage in the first half, Collie fought manfully, winning the contested possession count after the main break and building momentum around the ground to repeatedly put the Augusta Margaret River defence under pressure. It wasn’t enough to steal the points though.
Hawks centre-half-forward Mitch Payne put his goal-kicking woes behind him to boot his side’s only last quarter major from 50m to seal the deal in a nervous final term.
“Unfortunately we butchered the ball a little bit moving forward and quality opposition make you pay,” White said.
Augusta Margaret River coach Matthew Jamieson said he was happy with his team’s kicking efficiency early.
“We came out and dominated the first half but to Collie’s credit they hung around and fought really hard getting a few clearances which gave them good opportunity to score,” he said.
“We let them get control of the game probably in the last quarter and that was a bit disappointing, that we didn’t finish the game on our terms and play our brand of footy to get a bigger victory.”
Augusta Margaret River now look forward to the Busselton Toyota Cup against arch rivals Busselton at Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Sunday at 2:20pm.
Goal Kickers: A. Tweedie 3, J. Dye 2, K. Fleay, M. Michael, R. Bebbington, B. Moloney
Best Players: K. Shanahan, A. Tweedie, M. Blackford, B. Shanahan, T. Michael, J. Dye
Augusta Margaret River Football Club
Goal Kickers: M. Payne 4, R. Cary 3, H. Taylor 3, B. Smith 2, T. McDonald, J. Coghlan
Best Players: M. Jukes, J. Coghlan, M. Payne, M. Lynn, M. Patterson.
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