Katanning Wanderers made a statement with a 35-point win against Boddington on Saturday, jumping to second on the Upper Great Southern Football League ladder. A dominant second quarter in which the Tigers outscored the Eagles seven goals to one set the foundation for their fourth win of the season in an otherwise even contest at Boddington. Laurie Collard and Caleb Keley, the league’s leading goal kickers, were again outstanding with seven and four goals respectively as they helped hand the Eagles their first loss of the 2023 season. Collard showed his versatility either marking on a quick lead or using his strength, in the body on body contests, followed by accurate kicks from a variety of spots. In a skilled and entertaining game, the Tigers prevailed 21.7 (133) to 15.8 (98) to storm to their fourth win in a row. Despite the high-scoring game, for many periods the ball moved from end to end without either side scoring. The game began at a fast pace with the Eagles finding the big sticks through Zakery Pretty after five minutes with a goal along the ground. The Tigers replied almost immediately through Tyron Pinney with a goal from the square. Riley Holden was among the action for the Eagles and had two goals, using his pace to good effect before Samuel Cooper kicked a dribble goal that bounced through the goal square. Collard had his first two on strong leads to expert passes from sibling duo Willie and Tyrone Roe to help the Tigers move to a one-point lead. For almost 10 minutes neither side were able to score in the second quarter until the Tigers exploded with Collard kicking three and Keley snagging two of the visitors’ seven for the quarter to lead by 36 points at the main break. Despite the scoreline, the Eagles had been very competitive and were sprung into action with a flurry of goals to Damian Maiolo, Cooper and Ryan Bennell to move within 12 points. But the Tigers kept finding answers with Keley kicking his third before two clever snaps from youngster Caleb Quartermaine helped push the lead out to 26 points at three-quarter-time. The Tigers had early chances in the last quarter to seal victory but missed two relatively easy goals. The Eagles responded with two goals created with quick ball movement from deep in defence with Lewis Gillespie kicking accurately to move his side within two goals. The Tigers hit back, with Tyrone Roe firing home his second and James Laurino adding another, both goals on the run to empty goal squares. Former Tiger Abdul Pickett capped off a good game for Eagles with a strong mark and goal but Collard kicked his sixth and seventh majors, Keley jailed his fourth from a clever snap and Willie Roe snared a second to cap a strong day out. For the Tigers, Collard, Keley and Reece Nicholson were outstanding alongside Willie and Tyrone Roe and Kade Stewart. For the Eagles, Blake Reynold, Pickett, Cooper (three goals) Pretty, Bennell and Lewis Gillespie were among the best in a losing affair. Wickepin thumped Kukerin-Dumbleyung in a 106-point result, kicking 13 goals in a rampant first half to remain undefeated. James Valentine, Joshua Houwen, Ryan Melvin, Jaxon Ramsay, Jirapas Watson and Jordan Flavel all shone in the 22.18 (150) to 7.2 (44) win at Wickepin. Ramsay (four goals) and Melvin (four goals) finished as the main goal kickers for the Warriors. The Cougars were best served by Stockton Cruz Shotter, Peter Joyce, Deklan Georgy, Austin Shotter, Sam Howie and Josh Harrison. Meanwhile, Wagin returned to the winners list with a hard-fought 15-point win against Narrogin. The Bulldogs rallied from a 12-point deficit at quarter-time to emerge with a 9.17 (71) to 7.14 (56) victory as Ayden Cartwright (three goals), Daniel Stubbs, Joshua Hubbard, Nick Kommer, Benjamin Wardle and Alex Mancini led the way in Narrogin. Jack Walsh, William Graham, Jordan Heil, Sam Ellis, Tom Kilpatrick, Brett Little were solid in a losing affair.