PICKERING Brook put tough conditions behind them to beat Bullsbrook in the latest round of the Hills Football Association season, 14.10 (94) to 4.11 (35).
In their first home game of the season, Bullsbrook were looking to record their first win of the season in the league’s Anzac round, but as the two teams lined up for the Last Post and the reading of the Ode, the rain began tumbling down.
The oval had sheets of water over it by the start of the game, making it almost impossible to run and bounce the ball, but while the weather impacted the skills of both teams they made up for it with determination and commitment at the contests.
The Hawks were quickly on the board with their first goal.
Mark Caccetta, in his 100th game, was leading by example getting to the bottom of the packs doing his best to feed the ball out to his Hawks teammates in Tom Leeder and Ben Baines.
Saints ruckman James Thompson continues to show improvement in a very tough position giving his smaller team mates the opportunity to gain possession.
At the first break it was the Hawks by 11 points, 3.1 (19) to 1.2 (8).
The breeze picked up and swirled after quarter time, making overhead marking difficult.
This didn’t seem to impact on Hawks full forward Ben Horsman, who was marking everything that was coming his way and converting.
James Lion and Brock Sherriffs were cutting off some of the Hawks’ forward moves, getting the ball to Tom Mather on the wing where he was running hard pushing the ball into his forward line.
At the long break the Hawks had extended their lead to 22 points, 7.3 (45) to 3.5 (23).
The third quarter has long been the Saints hardest and this week being no different, although goal front accuracy played a part with a couple of shots missed.
Riley Thompson started to impact on the game with his hard running off the half back flank bringing more of his Hawks team mates into the game.
Mitch Shilling was starting to get involved with James Mortimer proving another target in the forward line.
Declan Vince and Jordan Pickles, along with Dylan and Michael Bailey, battled hard for Bullsbrook.
At the last break it was Pickering Brook by 45 points.
Both teams gave their all in the last quarter as the wet spongy conditions started to take a toll.
The game becoming more congested, with only two goals kicked.
In the other match, Gidgegannup continued their good start to the season, defeating Mt Helena 13.13 (91) to 4.9 (33).
This weekend, Pickering Brook take on Chidlow, Parkerville face Mt Helena while Gidgegannup face Mundaring.
By Brian Pallister