Kukerin-Dumbleyung’s hot start continues, Narrogin Hawks notch first win of new season

Taj StubberGreat Southern Herald
Hawks’ Jack Lambert was in their better players.
Camera IconHawks’ Jack Lambert was in their better players. Credit: Tom Shanahan

Former WAFL colts player Eric Botha helped Kukerin-Dumbleyung to one of their best victories in a number of years after knocking off reigning premiers Williams in round three of the Upper Great Southern Football League on Sunday.

Botha, who played 19 colts games for South Fremantle in 2018-19, helped the Cougars claim their second win of the season at Nenke Oval.

A powerful first half set up the victory as the Cougars piled on five goals in the opening term and remained in control at half-time.

The reigning premiers fought their way back into the contest in the second half, outscoring the Cougars five goals to four but it was not enough as they fell short, 9.7 (61) to 12.3 (75).

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Botha finished with seven goals in a wonderful display while Mitch O’Neill and Nathan Phillips added two each in the 14-point victory.

Byron Blevin, Peter Joyce, Justin Joyce, Ben Hall and Robert Forrest were all influential in the win.

Addison Dew booted four goals and was named in the best for the Cats along with Toby and Brett Lavender, Simon Panizza, Jack Webster and Nathan Panizza.

Justin Joyce was named among Kukerin-Dumbleyung’s best.
Camera IconJustin Joyce was named among Kukerin-Dumbleyung’s best.

Narrogin Hawks had their first victory of 2021 after prevailing in a tight contest over Wickepin at Clayton Road Oval on Saturday.

The Hawks booted five goals to four in the second half to edge out the Warriors by seven points.

The Warriors took a five-point buffer into the final term but the Hawks stormed home with three goals to one for a 11.9 (75) to 10.8 (68) win.

Ross Daley booted three goals in the win while Perrin Quartermaine, Jydan Lanciano and Dean Hart added two each.

Jack Lambert, Ryan Fleay, Jerrimiah Thorne and Jack Walsh were all important in the victory.

Jethro Duffy booted four goals for the Warriors while teammates Campbell Hunter (two goals), Kendall Ballard, Jamie Wilkes and Matthew Jukes were solid.

Lloyd Padwick continued his stellar season with a bag of nine goals in Brookton-Pingelly’s 12-point victory over Boddington.

After trailing at half time by 14 points, the Panthers kicked 12 goals to seven in the second half to win, 15.14 (104) to 13.14 (92), in Boddington.

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