Hepburn climbs into top four after two-goal win against Waubra

Hepburn snatched a two-goal win against Waubra after a no-holds-barred final quarter on Saturday.

The Burras arm-wrestled their way to a five-point lead at quarter time and then steamrolled to a 21-point buffer at the main break.

Top four spot: Hepburn's Jackson Hogan snagged two majors in the Burras' important win against Waubra on the weekend.  Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Top four spot: Hepburn's Jackson Hogan snagged two majors in the Burras' important win against Waubra on the weekend. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

That slow start was alarmingly similar to the week before against Beaufort, but Waubra had fans on the edge of their seats in the third term.

Out of nowhere, the Roos hit their targets and sailed past the Burras.

Waubra had scored in less than a minute when Lincoln Barnes snapped a goal. Austin Murphy joined the party with two majors and Will Booth booted a single.

But it was a huge kick from Jackson Kinna that had the home crowd on its feet. It rocketed into the heavens from outside the 50 metre line and through the big sticks.

At the final change, Waubra had seized the lead and was seven points up.

Both teams went toe-to-toe in the final term and the scores were level at the 14-minute mark.

A snap from Jackson Hogan put the Burras in the lead and a cheeky goal from Brad McKay sealed the deal.

Waubra had more scoring shots, but was left to rue the one that got away.  Both sides were hard at the ball and gave no quarter, but Hepburn showed a lot of determination to get the job done.

Andy McKay was a constant thorn in the side of Waubra and kicked four majors. Hogan booted two, while Joe Clarke, Jacob Brown, Jimmy Rodgers, Aron Burns, Brad McKay and Kamen Ogilvie had singles.

Segifili Asa Leausa and Finn Anscombe were good down back, while Mitch McKay, Michael Watt and ruckman Tom Godsell were on top of their game.

Waubra’s Murphy was busy around the goals and booted three, Kinna and Booth had two each, while Barnes and Joshua Doggett managed singles.

Billy Douglass was the best player on the ground for the Roos and not far behind him was Barnes.

Barnes paid the price for his courage and was helped from the ground with a gash to his forehead in the last minutes of the game.

Nick Aringo, Nick Dinsdale, Ben Wilson and Geordie Lukich bobbed up everywhere.

“Both sides had a fair dinkum crack,” Hepburn coach Jason Olver said.  “We were in front at the final siren. We were lucky.”

Waubra assistant coach Matt James said his team “didn’t really get the job done.”

Hepburn has climbed into the top four as a result of Saturday’s triumph, its seventh in succession.  The Burras will hope to make it eight on-the-trot this weekend when they face Rokewood-Corindhap. 

Waubra has now lost three of its past five fixtures and finds itself in eighth place on the ladder after the opening 10 rounds of season 2017.

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