THIS weekend’s football in the Upper Great Southern saw Williams continue their winning streak, Brookton/Pingelly’s good season hit a brick wall, Wickepin virtually hand the four points to Wagin with some atrocious kicking for goal and Boddington overcome Narrogin.
Williams won their seventh game of the season, defeating Wanderers by seven goals in Williams on Sunday to maintain a two-game break at the top of the ladder.
Williams started well with seven goals to one first quarter, but many of the Wanderers supporters were happier with the more competitive showing by their side.
While the scoreboard showed a dominant Williams side, the Wanderers players worked hard and were far more competitive than they have been in recent weeks.
Down by 10 goals at three quarter time, Wanderers showed more fighting spirit with a sven-goal final term to reduce the big deficit.
Williams, with their more potent attack, made the most of every opportunity while at the same time their defence made Wanderers forwards work hard for anything they could get.
Mark Gilhome was back on target with four goals for the home side as was Andrew Crosby and Gerard Medlen who also finished with four.
Ryan Davis, back for a game, was the top goal scorer for his side with four goals.
Coach Bryan Hardie was Williams’ best while Travis Justins worked hard for Wanderers.
Hawks stayed with Boddington all day and went down finally by 16 points in a game they needed to win to put pressure on the top four sides.
Hawks were in front by a point at half-time, but Boddington broke free in the third term to take a two-goal lead into the final term which they managed to stretch a little in the run home.
The win keeps Eagles in equal second spot and with Panthers’ loss, Hawks haven’t lost any ground in their efforts to play in the finals.
However, next week marks the halfway point of the competition and teams in the lower half will have to start making some improvement if they expect to get into the top four.
Wagin won their second game of the season, but were helped in their cause with some poor kicking for goal by Wickepin.
After a fairly even first quarter where Warriors were in front despite more points than goals, Wagin opened up a good lead in the second term kicking six goals while Warriors wasted a lot of opportunities kicking one goal to six.
Wickepin made a strong charge back in the third quarter but once again inaccurate kicking left them five points down at three quarter time.
In a fairly even final term, Wagin held on to win by seven points and move from the bottom of the ladder.
Wagin have had a difficult season so far with some issues in getting their best side on the ground each week.
Unavailability and injuries have made it hard to get some consistency in the play, but with this win and a current position at seventh on the ladder, they are only one-and-a-half games behind fourth place Brookton/Pingelly.
If they can get some consistent form onto the ground, there is still the possibility of finals football if they set their mind to it.
Lance Daly made a welcome return after missing the last couple of games and finished with seven goals.
Aaron Painter was his side’s best player.
Luke Crouch, while kicking four goals for Wickepin, was his side’s worst offender in missing some opportunities while Jolon Fleay was named as his side’s best.
Kukerin/Dumbleyung bounded out of the gate when the siren sounded for the start of the game, kicking seven goals to Brookton/Pingelly’s nil and put the result in no doubt from then on.
Inaccurate kicking for goal also affected Panthers but they were playing catch up football and went down by 70 points and have badly dented their confidence.
Jon Ward was the focal point up forward for Cougars and was too strong for his opponent finishing the day with another six goals topping off the efforts of his team mates.
Panthers were disappointing on the day, missing some of their on-field leaders, particularly Joe House who usually provides a lot of drive from the midfield and Cam Jetta in their forward line can usually be relied on for a couple of goals.
Graeme Bolt and Nathan Ditchburn were the best for Cougars, while Brent Pike kicked three goals with Josh Hughes and Travis Allington their best on the day.