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In the final home and away game in the HFA the Mt Helena Lions 15.13 (103) to 8.11 (59) defeated the Bullsbrook Saints. Picture: BRIAN PALLISTER

Hills football semi-finals on Sunday

THE Hills Football Association finals start this weekend with Pickering Brook taking on Parkerville in the first semi-final and Chidlow taking on Mundaring in the second semi-final.

Last weekend the Bullsbrook Saints went down to Mt Helena Lions in the final home and away round of the season.

After leading by 56 points at half time the Mt Helena Lions went on to win 15.13 (103) to 8.11 (59).

The Saints have shown progress during the season but not enough to get them a win, with their first half efforts again proving costly.

In the first half the Lions moved the ball quickly out of the middle through Blake Hagboom and Michael Hine.

Steve Cockman was busy in the Lions forward line while Shawn Leeks picked up possessions at will in the back line.

There were not many shining lights for the Saints and although Jordan Pickles, Adam Paroci and Tom Mather worked hard they were heavily outnumbered.

At half time the Lions were in front 11.9 (75) to 3.1 (19).

When the Saints returned after the long break they started playing some good footy.

Declan Whitburn gave away many centimetres in height to Lions milestone ruck man Aaron Rivers but still managed to win his fair share of the tap outs.

Brock Sherriffs was moved forward and held some strong marks. Brad Mutimer was busy around the ground while Shaun Booker was holding his own down back.

The Saints return of three goals eight behinds for the third quarter was not a good return for their time forward.

At the last change the Lions had a buffer of 37 points 12.10 (82) to 6.9 (45).

The last quarter was a fairly even affair with most of the play moving backwards and forwards between the two half-back lines.

Jack Holley, Shawn Leeks, Blake Hagboom, Royce Ablett and Ben Withers were the best players for Mt Helena.

For Bullsbrook Brock Sherriffs, Shaun Booker, Tom Mather, Adam Paroci and Brad Mutimer were the best.

Zayde King scored five goals for Mt Helena while Royce Ablett and Aza Hunter scored two goals each.

Bullsbrook players Scott Forbes and Jordan Pickles both scored two each.

In the other game Mundaring 10.16 (76) to 9.9 (63) defeated Pickering Brook.

By Brian Pallister

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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