Hawks and Tigers survive thrilling contests

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Saturday’s match between South Bunbury and Eaton Boomers was hotly contested throughout.
Camera IconSaturday’s match between South Bunbury and Eaton Boomers was hotly contested throughout. Credit: Justin Fris

Drama swirled around Saturday’s two SWFL matches at opposite ends of the South West, with victories to Augusta-Margaret River and South Bunbury.

At Hands Oval, the Tigers didn’t hit the front against Eaton Boomers until the five minute mark of the final term.

Once in control, they managed to wear down the tenacious visitors, with Tigers youngster Liam McKenna stepping up when the game hung in the balance.

McKenna’s goal at the 17 minute mark of the final quarter put the home side ahead by a point, with two ensuing goals in time-on icing their 12.7 (79) to 9.6 (60) victory.

Down at Gloucester Park earlier in the afternoon, the Hawks looked dead and buried against the Panthers midway through the second term, trailing by 31 points.

However the Hawks hit their stride late in the quarter to boot four unanswered goals and trim the margin to five points at the half.

Both sides had their chances in the second half, however the home side held their nerve in the final minutes to snatch a thrilling 10.19 (79) to 11.10 (76) victory.

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