Deanmill took home an eight-point win on the road against the Cougars in Kojonup on Saturday. It was an important match for the two teams, with the Hawks trying to catch the third-placed Tigers and the Cougars needing a win to break away from their ladder rivals, the Imperials. Both teams appeared evenly matched in the first term and they reached quarter-time on 19 points apiece. The Cougars began to pull ahead in the second term with two more majors, while the Hawks only managed one and a handful of behinds but the margin remained tight at five points at the major break. The home side gave it everything to start the second half, pulling away further after booting three goals to Deanmill’s one. The momentum was certainly in the favour of the Cougars, with the Hawks having just the final term to stage a comeback. With only 20 minutes left to play, the visitors dug deep, determined to head back home as winners. Mustering a final burst of energy, the Hawks booted six goals to Kojonup’s two for the quarter led by Blake East and David Fall, stunning the home team with a 11.8 (74) to 10.6 (66) finish. Deanmill will now take a well-earned bye for round 12, while the Cougars travel to Boyup Brook to take on the Roos.