Hawks sit second on table after running with the Bulls

Jackson Lavell-LeeSouth Western Times
Hawks coach Matt Jamieson was pleased with how his side improved in the second half against the Bulls.
Camera IconHawks coach Matt Jamieson was pleased with how his side improved in the second half against the Bulls.

Augusta-Margaret River cruised to a 64-point victory over Harvey Bulls on Saturday night at the Harvey Recreation Ground.

The Hawks were caught napping in the first five minutes of the match, where the Bulls kicked the first goal of the match – however from that moment on, kept the home side goalless until the 20 minute mark of the final quarter.

The first half was a dour affair, with the Bulls creating turnovers in their back half by creating two spare men around the contest.

Hawks midfielder Matthew Jukes eventually broke the game open in the third quarter providing silver service to forwards Braiden Smith and Harry Taylor.

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Bulls ruckman Matt Robinson was a handful for the Hawks in a classic display of tap ruck work and body work in marking contest.

But Robinson played a lone hand throughout, as reigning Hayward medallist Mitch Lynn gradually broke free from a close tag and kicked two goals.

Post-game, Hawks coach Matthew Jamieson believed his team showed a strong resolve to secure a precious away victory.

“We were a little bit disappointed with how we started,” he said.

“Our ball use was a bit sloppy – but after we addressed a few things at half time – we got a few things right with our running patterns and the result took care of itself.”

Bulls coach Craig Nicholls said his side would stick to their hard running game plan.

“We missed our targets and it always hurts you when you turn it over against a good side,” he said.

“The Hawks had some bigger bodies in the midfield which really ground us down.”

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