West Augusta have claimed their first win of the season after an inspired comeback saw them defeat Central by 15 points.
After trailing by 20 points at half time, Hawks made Central pay for poor goal kicking to boot eight goals to one in the second half.
Central will rue their wasteful kicking, as they only managed five goals from 20 shots. In the end, West’s desperation for a win drove them on to victory.
The Bloods were far less undermanned than last week, regaining Braden Allen, Jackson Nance and Jared Reid, while West brought in Kayden Bejah, Jason Dare-Ryan, Josh Spooner and Ethan Dunning.
A free kick resulted in Jack Fraser kicking the first goal of the game, giving West an early confidence boost.
Both sides struggled to score after the game’s opener, with Kyle Colson from Central kicking the only other goal before quarter time.
Both teams had missed some big chances at goal, with West taking a slim one-point lead at the first change.
The second quarter was all Central, as they began to pull away and stamp their authority on the game.
They kicked three goals and held their opponents to none for the term. Once again, Caleb Williams was a standout for the Bloods, while Duane Von Senden and Josh Milera were very impressive for West.
The Hawks came out after half time trailing by 20 points but still determined to have a crack at their first win.
There were some simple chances that Central couldn’t take advantage of, while at the other end the Hawks were fairly accurate.
Goals to Tom Hore and Hamish Nunn tightened the game up to 11 points at three quarter time.
Still with some work to do, West came out firing again in the last term.
All of a sudden, by the 18th minute, Duane Von Senden had kicked back-to-back goals and West were in front. But they weren’t going to rest.
The Hawks were keen on making sure of the victory and they did just that. They piled on another three goals to finish the game off and get a big 15-point win.
Central have a massive task now when they meet South next week, while West will be looking to go back-to-back when they come up against Lions.
Central and West sit in fifth and sixth place respectively, with just one win each.