A strong opening half helped Boxwood Hill bounce back to record their first victory of the 2021 season

Taj StubberAlbany Advertiser
Boxwood's Nic Bertola gets his kick away.
Camera IconBoxwood's Nic Bertola gets his kick away. Credit: Richard Poulish

Last season’s grand finalists Boxwood Hill registered their first win of the 2021 Ongerup Football Association season, downing Jerramungup in round four on Saturday.

After going down heavily to Gnowangerup last week, Boxwood bounced back to record a hard-fought victory against the Eagles away from home.

The 13-point victory was set up in the first half as the visitors booted four goals to two to lead by 16 points at the main change.

The Eagles responded in the third stanza but were wasteful, kicking 1.6 to trim the margin back to just five points heading into the last term.

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With the game on the line heading into the last, Boxwood gained the ascendancy to slot three goals and emerge narrow winners 7.11 (53) to 5.10 (40).

Hayden Richter kicked two goals in the win, while Edward Moir, Brock Ramsay, Nic Bertola and Beau Vaux were all influential.

Michael Lester booted two goals for the Eagles, while Aaron Winters, Wade Brown and Brendan Lee were named among their best players.

A dominant performance from damaging duo Timm House and Lewis Davis helped reigning premiers Gnowangerup remain unbeaten.

House booted eight goals, while Davis slotted six as they combined to kick 14 goals against Lake Grace-Pingrup in Gnowangerup.

After leading by 44 points at half-time, the Bulldogs booted 10 goals to three in the second half to run out commanding 19.18 (132) to 6.5 (41) winners.

House and Davis were joined in the best by Ben Hankinson, Ethan Caldwell, Campbell Floyd and James Culleton.

Kane Pinney booted three goals for the Bombers and star recruit Mitch Morton retuned to boot two goals, while Josh Giles, Tyson Prater and Ethan Wallace all battled hard in their side’s first loss of the season.

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