RACING away to a 53-point lead in the first quarter set Pickering Brook up for a 17.14 (116) to 4.2 (26) win over Bullsbrook in round 16 of the Hills Football Association.
The Hawks were looking for a good win to build some momentum heading toward finals and to make sure they stayed ahead of a fast finishing Gidgegannup on the ladder.
In the first quarter with Luke Jones back in his more familiar role in the ruck gave the Hawks midfield first use of the ball.
Also Riley Thompson and Jon Vecchio were getting the ball forward where James Mortimer and Ben Horsman were defying the slippery conditions taking strong marks and converting their shots on goal.
By the first break the Hawks were 8.5 (53) while the Saints were yet to score.
The Saints managed to slow down the Hawks run on goals in the second quarter.
Jordan Pickles and Brad Mutimer started to get their hands on the footy and Brock Sherriffs was working overtime in the back line.
But they only managed one goal for the quarter – not a lot of reward for the amount of time the ball was in their forward line.
During the same period the Hawks managed to add two goals and went to the main break 10.9 (69) to 1.1 (7).
The Saints battled out the second half kicking another three goals to the Hawks seven but had little chance of bridging the gap.
Both teams played out some good passages of footy when considering the water-logged conditions.
Pickering Brook’s best players were Riley Thompson, James Mortimer, Luke Jones, Mitch Shilling and Clint Symes and for Bullsbrook Brad Mutimer, Jordan Pickles, Adam Paroci, Brock Sherriffs and Ben Thompson.
Ben Horsman scored five goals for Pickering Brook, James Mortimer (3) and Michael Freakley (2).
For Bullsbrook Shaun Booker, Thomas Mather, Ash Elmer and Ben Speyer all scored one goal each.
By Brian Pallister