Carnamah leaves it late to get past Morawa as Clayton Bruce-Cherry kicks nine in Bombers blast

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Last year’s runner-up Carnamah.
Camera IconLast year’s runner-up Carnamah. Credit: Macca's Rural Photography

Carnamah Perenjori claimed a huge win as they edged ahead of the Tigers at the last to claim a back-and-forth encounter at Morawa on Saturday afternoon.

After the Roos were surprise grand finalists last year they have struggled to follow up this season unable to beat any of the top three teams this year.

But they set the record straight with a 13.7 (85) to 11.11 (77) win avenging a tight three-point loss in round two.

Much like their previous meeting, there was little between the two sides with both recording five scoring shots, but the Roos took a five-point lead thanks to better accuracy.

Len Papertalk continued his good form with an early game while Joseph Iaria and Bradley Roworth were holding up well in the midfield.

But the Tigers held a slender edge over the next two quarters as Jack Ballantyne and Clatyon Dongara got to work up forward while Alan Egan was playing arguably his best game of the season.

They led by four points heading into the final quarter but it could have been more if not for kicking 9.9.

It left little in the way of breathing room and in the final quarter, Jack Stone combined with Papertalk to get the Roos over the line as they both finished with four goals.

The win has the Roos join the Tigers on 12 points in fourth with 11 percentage points separating the two teams.

There was little in the way of contest elsewhere as the Magpies maintained their perfect form this year with a 9.13 (67) to 3.7 (25) win over Mingenew.

The Bulldogs were kept scoreless in the opening quarter and yet was kept in the game as the Magpies lost their radar kicking 2.6 in the opening quarter to only lead by 18 points.

Without Gerard O’Sullivan spearheading their forward line the Pies lacked the ability to convert their dominance into a killing blow as the gap remained at 18 at half-time with Brendan Cockman and Nathan Jones keeping the Bulldogs alive.

But the game was put to bed when another goalless quarter allowed the Pies to take a decisive lead by 41 points with Shannon Mclean stepping up as the main target as they eventually eased home by 42 points.

At Dongara, Three Springs kept the Eagles goalless for the entire match as Clayton Bruce-Cherry jumped to the top of the goal-kicking charts with a nine-goal haul.

It’s Bruce Cherry’s third six-plus haul this season and second against Dongara as they were blown off the park conceding 14.1 in the first half.

Kalmah Papertalk finished with three while Reece Hutton and Leedham Joseph Papertalk had two as the Bombers padded their percentage.

The netball was closer as Three Springs edged the 36-32 to maintain their perfect record.

In the Gascoyne League, Exmouth Eagles smashed the Warriors 27.25 (187) to 4.7 (31).

Bailey Fisher kicked nine and Chase Faxon six while their women’s side were also winners with the Warriors forfeiting.

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