A COMBINED Hills Football Association team has survived a late charge to defeat a mixed Metro Football League team by seven points at Mundaring oval.
Hills Football Association player Ben Horsman scored four goals in his side’s 14.11 (95) to 12.16 (88) win against the Metro Football League team.
In the first quarter the Metro side jumped out of the blocks with a quick goal and a couple of missed shots while controlling most of the play.
There were many handling errors with both teams missing targets and turning the ball over.
Matt Mallaby and Clint Farrell started to find the ball in the mid field and pushed the ball forward where Ben Horsman took a very strong mark and converted the kick to get the Hills team on the board.
At the first break the Hills side were 3.4 (22) to 1.5 (11) giving them an 11-point lead.
The second quarter was an even affair with neither team being able to get the upper hand and they went goal for goal.
Emmanuel Sokiri was winning on his wing, ably supported by Justin Melidonis and Matt Lockyer with Arthur Bropho keeping the Metro score ticking over.
Dylan O’Loghlen, Josh Morris and Tristan Vance were holding the Hills backline together.
At the main break the Hills side 7.8 (50) to 4.9 (33) were 17 points in front.
The Metro team had two more scoring shots in the third quarter but only managed to reduce the deficit by two points – 15 points separated the two teams at the last change.
Metro hit the scoreboard early in the last and were coming hard.
A goal to Mace Mitchell and another to Arthur Bropho had the Hills side on the back foot until Brett McKinlay, Zayde King, Riley Thompson and Ben Horsman responded with goals for Hills.
Metro were closing the gap but at the final siren it was the Hills team who got over the line.
Ben Horsman, Reece Bacon, Jack Holley, Dylan O’Loghlen and Matt Mallaby were the best players for the Hills side.
For the Metro team Emmanuel Sokiri, Matt Lockyer, Justin Melidonis, Shane Pickett and Jake Foster stood out.
Brett McKinlay and Zayde King both scored three goals for the Hills while Michael Italiano scored two goals.
For Metro Arthur Bropho and Mace Mitchell both scored two goals each.
By Brian Pallister