Narrogin Hawks secure finals berth after thrilling victory over Boddington in the Upper Great Southern Football League
A final-minute goal off the boot of Kaden Elliott helped the Narrogin Hawks secure a finals berth in the last round of the Upper Great Southern Football League at Clayton Road Oval on Sunday.
The Hawks and Boddington were locked together on points heading into their round-seven clash but the home side won a thriller by five points to keep their season alive.
Trailing by a sole point in the final minute, the Hawks needed a hero and Elliott stepped up to end the Eagles’ season.
Four final-term goals helped the Hawks run over the top of the reigning premiers after trailing by seven points at the last change.
The Hawks won 10.9 (69) to 9.10 (64), and now face Wagin in the first elimination semifinal at Boddington this Sunday.
Both sides booted two goals in the first term before the Hawks erased a one-point deficit and turned it into an eight-point advantage by the main change.
The Eagles were desperate to keep their season alive and kicked five goals to two in the third term but they were unable to hold off a rampaging Hawks outfit.
Full-forward Mason Hill returned from injury and booted three goals in the win while Elliott and Jack Walsh booted two each.
Blake Heil, Perrin Quartermaine, Jack Lambert, Alistair Smith and Gavin Reynolds all were important in the Hawks’ win.
The Eagles were best served by Nathan Introvinge, Alek Oliver, Matt White and Michael Humble but their bid for a premiership three-peat is over.
A seven-goal haul from Luke Crouch helped Wickepin remain undefeated and warm-up for the finals with a commanding 98-point win over Wagin on Sunday at Matera Oval.
The Warriors piled on 12 goals in the second half after leading by 34 points at half-time.
The minor premiers booted five goals in the third term before piling on seven unanswered goals in the last quarter to run out comfortable 18.10 (118) to 2.4 (16) victors.
Crouch was well supported by Ryan Melvin (four goals), Jayden Brooks and James Bristow (three).
Jayden Schofield, youngster Tate Barrett and Kodie Fleay were also important in the win.
Daniel Macaulay and Matthew Marinoni kicked the two majors for the Bulldogs and were joined in the best by Paul South, Lachlan Hall and Josh Kirk.
A strong first half from Brookton-Pingelly helped them record their third win of the season on Sunday against Kukerin-Dumbleyung at Nenke Oval.
The Cougars kicked four goals to three in the second half but it was too late, the Panthers running out 12.6 (78) to 8.12 (60) winners.
Lloyd Padwick finished his season with six goals to win the leading goal-kicker award while Luke Kirk added four and they were well supported by Jordan Hughes, Callan Eddy, James Spark and Josh Hughes for the Panthers.
Former WAFL forward Jalen McGee booted four goals for the Cougars and was joined in the best players by Matt Dare, Cody Ditchburn and the three Joyce boys, Peter, Brynn and Justin.
Both the Panthers and Cougars’ seasons are now over.
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