LAST week’s round of the Upper Great Southern Football League was the Belt Up weekend, where players from all clubs lined up prior to the game to remember relatives and friends who had lost their lives in accidents on country roads.
The match in Narrogin was a great way to kick off the weekend.
Keeping the game open, Hawks were able to control the play with their ground speed, using the ball well and forcing Panthers to battle to stay in the game.
Some inaccurate kicking for goal spoiled what would otherwise have been a handy lead at the end of the first term.
In the second term, Panthers with their better marking and physical strength were able to close the game up and the quarter belonged to them.
Half-time saw Brookton/Pingelly leading by two goals with some strong work from Troy Bassett and Travis Allington, with Leigh McCallum in front of goals finishing off the good work.
Panthers continued to control the game in the third quarter, extending their lead and looking comfortable heading into the final term.
The early part of this quarter was goal for goal with neither side able to make an impression.
However, Hawks were the first to score consecutive goals and with a sniff of a win, their intensity increased and they were making inroads into the deficit.
Panthers had trouble getting the ball into their forward line, but some poor kicking at goal by Hawks was not helping their cause.
Panthers were defending strongly but they couldn’t clear the ball past the midfield and Hawks were persistent.
This persistence paid off when they kicked what appeared to be the winning goal just before the final siren.
However the excitement didn’t finish there, as while the scoreboard showed Hawks in front by one point, there was a difference between the two goal umpires and it needed the time keeper’s scores to verify that in fact the game ended in a draw.
Leigh McCallum was the major goal scorer for Panthers with six, while there were three multiple goal scorers for Hawks.
Dean Keighran was awarded the match ball as the best player on the day.
Wickepin opened their account with a comfortable win over Wanderers at home.
There was nothing between the two sides for the first three quarters, with Wanderers just two points in front heading into the final term.
However a devastating final quarter by Warriors where they kicked seven goals to eight and kept Wanderers to just two points, saw the home side victorious by 46 points and move off the bottom of the ladder.
Jamie Bolt kicked six goals for Warriors and Dale Maksimovic scored four for his side.
Kendall Ballard was awarded the match ball as the best player in this game.
The game between the two top sides at Boddington saw Williams maintain their undefeated run by beating Eagles by 27 points.
Both sides worked hard to get a break on the other and perhaps Boddington spoiled their chances with some inaccurate kicking in the second term.
While Boddington were still a chance at three quarter time with only 14 points between them, Williams’ superior strength and fitness saw the Cats settle the issue, outscoring the Eagles to take the four points and retain top spot on the ladder.
Out at Dumbleyung, Wagin’s disappointing season continued when they went down to Cougars by 89 points.
Cougars were just too big and strong for Bulldogs and with a nine-goal opening quarter, Wagin were unable to reduce the deficit.
Jon Ward made the most of his opportunities kicking eight goals and Troy Ditchburn kicking four.
Ryan Gillam, Dane Tulley and Jason Pearce were the main scorers for Wagin with two each.
Damien Gooding was Cougars’ best and Dean Fazioli was Wagin’s best.