PICKERING Brook used their height advantage and better accuracy to beat Mt Helena 18.9 (117) to 6.14 (50) on the weekend.
Pickering Brook were no doubt looking at improvement on last season after missing the finals for the first time in four seasons.
The first quarter started off as an arm wrestle with both teams looking rusty and trying to find their feet.
Both were getting an even number of forward entries but it was the Hawks who were more accurate in shots on goal and at 3.2 (20) to 1.3 (9) they took an 11-point lead into quarter time.
The Hawks settled first in the second quarter with Clint Symes starting to get into the game after a year off along with new captain Mark Caccetta and Ben Baines.
Dean James and Aaron Rivers were pushing the ball forward for the Lions only to see Tom Leeder and Luke Sheperd holding up their advances.
The Hawks had a height advantage around the ground with Rowan Arnott, Luke Jones and Matt Johnson taking some telling marks in conditions suited to the taller players.
Inaccuracy was costing the Lions – with equal scoring shots the Hawks extended their lead to thirty points and at half time the score was 9.3 (57) to 3.9 (27).
The same pattern continued in the second half with the Hawks increasing their lead at every change.
The Lions failed to put any score board pressure on early in the game which always gives an opposition that mental advantage when they look at the score line.
In the end the Hawks won by 67 points.
Mark Caccetta, Clint Symes, Ben Baines, Matt Johnson and Tom Leeder were the best players for Pickering Brook.
For Mt Helena the best players were Blake Hagboom, Dean James, Jack Holley, Kane Jeffrey and Ryan Beckingham.
Ben Horsman scored three goals for Pickering Brook, Shaun Foreman, Tom Leeder, Corey McIvor (2 each) and Ben Baines, Josh Vellinga, Owen Davis, Clint Symes, Josh Griffiths, Rowan Arnott all scored one goal each.
For Mt Helena Aaron Rivers scored two goals while Steve Cockman, Tytus Hunter, Ryan Beckingham and Blake Hagboom scored one goal each.
In other results Gidgegannup 12.10 (82) to 11.9 (75) defeated Parkerville and Mundaring had a 26.12 (168) to 6.3 (39) win over Bullsbrook.
By Brian Pallister