A BLISTERING third-quarter burst gave Pickering Brook a four-goal win over Parkerville in the latest round of HFA action, with the Hawks running out winners 12.10 (82) to 8.10 (58).
Wet and gusty conditions greeted both teams and made clean ball handling impossible, with the slippery ball spending more time on the ground than in possession.
Ben Harfey was taking some good intercept marks in the Hawks back line while at the other end it was David Zirnis.
Neither team could take control and went to the first break with the Hawks holding a slender four-point lead, 2.5 (17) to 2.1 (13).
Parkerville started the second with more endeavour and if not for inaccuracy could have opened up a healthy lead by half time.
Jacobe Williams and Jorden Batorfi were getting plenty of contested possessions through the midfield and half forward for the Bushrangers while Ben Hayward and Riley Thompson were working hard down back for the Hawks.
At the long break it was the Bushrangers by eleven points, 5.6 (36) to 3.7 (25).
With the game evenly poised it was the Hawks who came out firing in the third.
Ben Baines, Mitch Shilling, Clint Symes and Tim McQuoid started to dominate their positions, continually driving the ball forward where Luke Sheperd managed to snap a goal over his head from a contest in the goal square.
Jayke Soltwish and Reece Bacon continued to work hard for the Bushrangers but the footy was coming into the Hawks forward line too quickly.
The Hawks kicking 8 goals to 1, opening up a healthy 31-point lead in the difficult conditions.
The last quarter was a fairly even affair.
The Bushrangers managed two goals to the Hawks one, reducing the deficit by seven points.
Austin Lamb and Quillan Pritchard rounded off their day’s effort with another solid quarter.
In other games, Chidlow 15.8 (98) defeated Mundaring 9.8 (62) while Mt Helena thumped Bullsbrook, 16.14 (110) to 4.6 (30).
Hills Football Association teams have a general bye this weekend before the Men’s Health round next week.
By Brian Pallister