WHAT a great day for football Sunday was, with the heavy rain and strong winds something most clubs haven’t experienced for some time.
Williams returned to the winner’s circle with a good win over Brookton/Pingelly, Narrogin jumped into fourth place with their win over Wagin at Matera Oval, Kukerin/Dumbleyung made it a hat trick of wins over Wanderers this year and Wickepin continued their winning streak, knocking off second placed Boddington at home.
Difficult weather conditions at Williams on the weekend certainly made skilful football a problem, but Cats got back on the winning train with a comfortable win over Brookton/Pingelly by 50 points.
Brookton/Pingelly needed a win to keep their grip on fourth place, but Williams were just too strong all around the ground.
Panthers managed to keep Cats to a low nine goals but struggled to move the ball into their forward line for just five scoring shots the entire game.
Hawks jumped into the top four with a hard fought win over Wagin at Matera Oval.
There was nothing in the first quarter as both sides struggled to come to terms with the conditions.
There were just two goals apiece until Hawks broke the game open with an eight-goal second term that saw them leading by seven goals at half-time.
Brent Fotheringham and Ralph Kickett were using the conditions the best and were dangerous forwards.
Wagin continued to struggle in the third term and were unable to reduce the deficit and headed into the final term almost 10 goals down.
With Sam and Hayden Patterson providing some improved form, Wagin came back hard at Hawks but were having some problem judging the wind.
This saw them return five goals 10 in the final term resulting in the side falling 29 points short of a win.
Fotheringham and Kickett each contributed four goals for the winners with Dean Keighran their best.
The two Patterson boys were Wagin’s best with good support from Ryley Bark.
Wickepin again showed they are a force to be reckoned with as they adapted to the conditions far better than Boddington and were never in danger of losing.
Warriors started in good fashion in the first term, with a dry ball and had six goals on the board to Eagles one to set the seal on the game.
Although Boddington came back to reduce the deficit by half-time, another good quarter in the third term saw them extend their lead back out to eight goals by three-quarter time.
Boddington ran the final term out and closed the gap a little, but Wickepin with 35 scoring shots to just 15 were clearly the better side on the day.
Jamie Bolt was again Wickepin’s main avenue to goal with six and Rowan Astbury is back to top form after missing last season.
Brent Davis and Brett Luttrell top scored with three goals each for Boddington with strong efforts from Kade Lang and David James.
Kukerin/Dumbleyung defeated Katanning Wanderers for the third time this season with their usual game plan of taking control of the game from the first bounce.
Although a little inaccurate, six goals six to just one goal by Wanderers indicated the control that Cougars had in this term.
Wanderers tried hard in the second term to get back into the game, but Cougars were able to restrict their efforts to mainly points instead of goals and were still comfortably in the lead at half time.
Kukerin/Dumbleyung then got back on top in the third quarter and never looked in danger of losing.
Their win saw them jump back into second place, while Wanderers have slipped back a bit in their efforts to make the finals this year.
Jon Ward was again the focal point of the Cougar’s attack and finished the game with six goals.
Malcolm Roberts enjoyed the weather conditions with a best on ground effort and received good support from Matt McWhirter.
Wanderers battled up forward to have a stand out player and it was left to young Jack Sergeant to top their list with three goals.
Travis Justins and Tyler Caldwell were the best for Wanderers.