By Brian Pallister
PICKERING Brook have come from behind to defeat Bullsbrook in round three of the Hills Football Association, 8.4 (52) to 7.1 (43).
Bullsbrook started full of run, getting good drive out of the middle through the ruck work of Nathaniel Jansen with Michael Davies and Kevin Chitty taking full advantage.
From there they were able to get the ball forward to the strong hands of Leigh McCallum who kicked accurately to have two goals by quarter time.
Steven and Mark Caccetta worked their way around the ground keeping the Hawks moving.
The Saints held a 17 point lead at the first break.
The Hawks chipped away at the lead in the second.
Some telling intercept marks from Joshua Vellinga gave them drive from their backline.
Jordan Castafaro worked his way into the game while Anthony Faranda started picking up possessions in the forward line.
The Saints back men were under pressure.
Lachlan Green, Alan Barry, Corey Taylor and William Pearce repelled several Hawks forward movements.
By the main break the Hawks had shaved five points from the lead to make it 12 points.
The see-sawing trend continued for the third with neither team being able to gain the upper hand in a low-scoring game.
Rowan Arnott found his way into the ruck and started to have an impact.
The scene was set for a cracking final quarter unfortunately it was the Saints who succumbed, with the Hawks kicking three goals to nil in the final term to pull off a come-from-behind victory.
Joshua Caccetta, Steven Caccetta, Jordan Castafaro, Mitchell Johnston and Joshua Vellinga were best for Pickering Brook whil Michael Davies, Corey Taylor, Leigh McCallum, William Pearce and Jonas Mattingly capped off Bullsbrook’s best players.
In other results, Swan View defeated Mundaring by the slimmest of margins, 9.9 (63) to 8.14 (62) while Mt Helena accounted for Chidlow, 9.9 (63) to 6.9 (45)
This week Mundaring play Bullsbrook, Pickering Brook take on Swan View and Gidgegannup play Chidlow at 6pm Saturday.