By Brian Pallister
PICKERING BROOK recorded a narrow win over Chidlow in Round nine of the HFA season, with wet weather once again making clean football almost impossible.
Final scores were Pickering Brook 8.10 (58) to Chidlow 7.9 (51).
Chidlow headed south to George Spriggs oval, home of the Pickering Brook Hawks with both clubs chasing a win as they push toward top two finishes.
Both teams belied the conditions kicking four goals each in the first quarter, with Adam Mckinlay kicking three for the Cougars.
Michael McKinlay was eased back into the game after several weeks off with injury.
Ben Harfey was a late call up for the Hawks and was a steadying influence in the back line as the conditions suited his ground play.
Rowan Arnott went up against Callum Holmes in the ruck with most tap outs being indecisive, bringing the smaller in and under players into the game, Matt Mallaby and Alex Radonic for the Cougars, Mark Caccetta along with Jonathon Vecchio for the Hawks.
The Hawks led by one point going into the second half as the ball started to get heavier and clean disposal became more difficult leading to more congestion.
It was tough in the clinches as both teams made their focus the footy rather than the opposition.
Riley Thompson marked strongly and converted for the Hawks.
Although Luke Elliott and Joshua Liddle repelled several Hawks attacks they still managed two goals to nil in the second.
The Cougars bounced back in the third with two goals to the Hawks nil.
Jake Foreman continues to develop and was well supported by Steven Schorer and Kyle Campbell.
Mitchell Shilling drove the ball forward from his wing, while Tim McQuoid took some telling marks.
With the scores level at the last change the game was there for either team.
It became a battle of attrition as neither team could get easy possessions due to the intensity shown by all players.
The Hawks managed a goal to take the lead. That was short lived as Michael McKinlay leveled the scores with a Cougars goal.
The final siren was fast approaching and the game looked headed for a draw.
With two minutes left on the clock the Hawks managed to break the deadlock with a goal followed by a shot after the siren resulting in a behind.
In the end it was Pickering by seven points.
Best for Pickering Brook were Tim McQuoid, Dane Shardlow, Ryan Hunt, Adrian Circosta and Ben Harfey while for Chidlow it was Luke Elliott, Joshua Liddle, Brent Williams, Jake Foreman and Steven Scorer
In other round nine results, Mundaring accounted for Gidgegannup 11.12 (78) to 6.15 (51) while Swan View broke through for a win after a tough couple of weeks, defeating Mt Helena 10.9 (69) ro 8.14 (62).
This weekend Pickering Brook take on Bullsbrook, Mt Helena face Chidlow and Mundaring come up against Swan View.