Eagles clip the Hawks’ wings

Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Jesse Ramshaw securing possession of the ball as the Hawks close in.
Camera IconJesse Ramshaw securing possession of the ball as the Hawks close in. Credit: Busselton Dunsborough Times, Sarah Ison.

Collie came out on top of Augusta Margaret River on Saturday, posting a comfortable win.

The first quarter was hotly contested and while the Hawks scored first, the Eagles’ defence did not leak another goal for the rest of the quarter.

Blair Malatesta scored the Eagles’ first goal, followed by Jayce Fontana, who took a clean mark from Jesse Ramshaw at the 50m line and clinched the team’s second goal.

Despite trailing two goals the Hawks battled on in the second quarter, rebuffing the Eagles’ many advances and allowing only one more goal.

But the Hawks still had trouble closing the margin, only managing to grab one more goal after Jordan Veitch made use of a flurry of quick passes to score.

The Hawks seemed to get the game back on their terms at the start of the third quarter.

Matthew Jukes won possession right by the posts and slotted a comfortable goal.

However, the renewed momentum only earned the Hawks one more goal, while the Eagles’ second-half efforts resulted in four goals.

The Hawks continued to fight in the final term, with Jack Hick booting a long goal from outside the 50m line. Meanwhile, the Eagles matched their performance from the third quarter and Joel Houghton scored his fourth goal of the game seconds before the siren.

Collie Eagles assistant coach David Hollins said early on it was a challenge for both teams but the Eagles managed to pull away in the second half.

Hawks coach Matt Jamieson said his team “got outworked” and did not adapt to pressure early, ultimately losing their edge in the game.

Pick up a copy of this week’s paper for all the games’ scores.

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