Dandaragan and Jurien Bay post big wins to solidify finals positions
For the first time in more than a decade, Dandaragan sits atop the Central Midlands Coastal League ladder after they brushed aside struggling Lancelin on Saturday.
With the Tiger Sharks having a bye this weekend the Saints had the opportunity to go top with a big win over the bottom-placed Pirates and did just that, winning 19.15 (129) to 7.8 (50) win.
The Saints had a strong start with four first-term goals. The Pirates were not without opportunity but failed to convert with 1.3 to trail by 17 points.
But the margin would only grow from there with a six-goal third term putting the game to bed before they added another five to claim a big percentage boost.
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Campbell Putland, named best-on-ground, led the way with five goals with Mathew Johnson slotting four and Hamish Rodgers and Ambrose Ryan both finishing with three goals.
The Saints lead Cervantes by 13 percentage points and have already matched their 20 points from last year with seven rounds to go, as they look on track to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2011.
Jurien Bay overcame an early scare against the Moora Mavericks after trailing at quarter-time to record a 14.23 (107) to 7.2 (44) win.
Last year’s minor premiers have not been able to carry over their momentum with just one win so far in season 2023 to sit above Lancelin on percentage only.
But the Mavericks got off to a strong start as they jumped out to a 12-point lead with Kurt Tanner and Reece Mabbs leading the way.
However, the Bulldogs launched an all-out assault in the second quarter dominating the play to record 12 scoring shots, but they were inaccurate.
The Bulldogs would extend their margin to 31 points in the third quarter before they kept the Mavericks scoreless in the final term to win by 63 points.
Curtis Altinier finished with five goals while Jordan Bestry would claim the best-on-ground honours.
In the hockey goals to Sophie Galbraith and India Hargreaves-Tieland took Moora to a 2-0 win over Jurien Bay to maintain their spot at the top of the ladder.
In netball, Jurien Bay remained undefeated with a 55-11 thumping of Moora, while Lancelin was defeated by the Saints 51-22.
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