PARKERVILLE came from behind to have a 12.12 (84) to 10.5 (65) win over a gallant Mt Helena in round 13 of the Hills Football Association.
The Lions showed that they had come to play but they faded – maybe due to fatigue or a lack of numbers – in the last quarter.
Mt Helena won the toss and chose to kick with a very strong breeze. They won the centre clearances and continued to push the ball forward.
Zayde King got them started with an early goal then Steve Cockman added another one.
This put the Bushrangers back line under the pump and Chris Ioppolo and Jacobe Williams in an unfamiliar role were working overtime to keep the Lions out.
At the first break Mt Helena had kept Parkerville goalless to hold a 20-point lead.
The Bushrangers took advantage when it came their turn with the breeze and it started to look as though they would overrun the Lions. Early goals to Jordan Grey and his brother Billy had the momentum going their way.
Aaron Rivers was having a titanic battle in the ruck against the Bushrangers Toby Bennett-Smith.
Reece Bacon, Stephen Capelli and Jeff Dunn were also doing some good ground work.
Mt Helena fought hard and managed a couple of goals themselves.
At the main break the score was 6.4 (40) to 4.6 (30) with the Bushrangers trailing by 10 points.
The blustery conditions were already causing ball handling problems, then the rain came which added to them.
The game became a scrappy affair with a lot of congested play.
Both teams were starting to feel the pinch.
Parkerville were slowly gaining the upper hand mainly due to their back line standing firm.
Jack Holley was working hard at centre half back for the Lions, he continued to push his team into attack, only to see the footy coming back just as quickly.
By the final break Parkerville had reduced the lead to one point 8.5 (53) to 7.10 (52).
The Bushrangers managed to control most of the play in the final quarter, although to the Lions credit they did not make it easy for them.
Parkerville’s best players were Jordan Grey, Reece Bacon, Toby Bennett-Smith, Chris Ioppolo and Jacobe Williams while Mt Helena’s were Jack Holley, Blake Hagboom, Aaron Rivers, Steve Cockman and Zayde King.
Jordan Grey scored six goals for Parkerville while Reece Bacon and Billy Grey both registered two goals.
For Mt Helena Zayde King scored five goals and Steve Cockman three.
In other games Chidlow 14.14 (98) defeated Mundaring 5.7 (37) and
Gidgegannup 10.14 (74) beat Pickering Brook 1.8 (14).
By Brian Pallister