Boomers victory set up by big first half

Shane EarlSouth Western Times

A dominant first half set up the Eaton Boomers’ comfortable 66-point win over Augusta-Margaret River at Hands Oval on Sunday.

The Hawks kicked with the breeze in the first term, but after Cam Melvin goaled early for them, the Boomers took over, kicking six goals in a row, with Brendan Craig starring for the Boomers, kicking three.

Their midfield was well on top and the quality of their disposal was well above that of the Hawks.

It was the Boomers turn with the wind in the second, and it was Jacob Ingham’s turn to shine up forward.

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He kicked three of their five for the term, and while the Hawks didn't shirk the task, they faced a 50-point deficit at the main break.

The Hawks came out firing after half-time, and dominated possession.

They rebounded strongly off half back but they could not convert this to real scoreboard pressure, only managing two goals while keeping the Boomers scoreless.

That effort told in the last quarter, and the Hawks, down to one on the bench, ran out of steam. The Boomers lifted and ran the match out very strongly, kicking five goals to one to run out convincing winners.

Boomers coach Brett Maguire said he was happy with the win.

“A strong 10-minute period in the first term really set up the first half,” he said.

“We had a similar strong period in the last term. We will keep working on being consistent with our skills and pressure for longer periods of the game.”

Matt Jameson - Augusta Margaret River coach - It will take time for our game style to come together. We do tend to drop away with our concentration at times, and our skill level suffers. Our pressure and intent was good though. With only one fit player on the bench we did tire in the last.

Eaton Boomers 6.2, 11.6, 11.6, 16.10 (106) def Aug-Marg River 1.3, 3.4, 5.6, 6.6 (42)

GOALS: Eaton Boomers – B. Craig, J. Ingham, J. Walton 3, M. Buchanan, J. Cormack, K. Lawrence 2, C. Atthowe. Augusta Margaret River – M. Gerrans 2, K. Collard, C. Melvin, J. Rodgers, C. White.

BEST: Eaton Boomers – J. Battaglia, C. Atthowe, J. Cormack, M. Buchanan, J. Ingham, J. Wharton. Augusta Margaret River- M. Gerrans, J. Price, L. Adams, M. Lynn, M. Patterson, S. Grantis.

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