Augusta-Margaret River held off Busselton to keep in touch with the SWFL’s lead group and win the Busselton Toyota Cup at Bovell Park on Saturday night. The Hawks stretched the lead out to 36 points during a dominant six goals to none second term, before the Magpies spent the second half chipping away at the lead, finishing seven points short, 8.12 (60) to 10.7 (67). The win means the Hawks retain third spot on the ladder after five games with their 4-1 record equal to Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and surpassed only by Bunbury’s unbeaten record. Daniel McGinlay kicked the first goal of the game for the Magpies but the Hawks responded swiftly through Simon Moore. Through Moore, who looked the best player on the ground, and Max Paterson, who was sent to nullify Mitch Tenardi, the Hawks dominated early in the middle of the ground, but it wasn’t until the second quarter that they made it count. Harry Taylor was the beneficiary of a clever handball chain and kicked the Hawks’ first for the quarter, and by 10 minutes into the term they had four goals. But the Magpies had the better of the third term, kicking three unanswered goals at the Hockey Stadium end of the ground, two of which went to Liam Creighton, to trim the lead back to 13-points at three-quarter-time. It took nine minutes for Taylor, who threatened to take the game away from the Magpies, to kick the first goal of the term but the home side responded within a minute, as Jaxon East kicked the first goal at the highway end of the ground in nearly two and a half quarters. Taylor’s second goal of the final term would be his side’s last for the night but Busselton could add only two more in the last 10 minutes, leaving them a goal short. The loss leaves last year’s grand finalists outside the top five having picked up two wins from their five games, while the Hawks are setting themselves up for a top-five finish, with games against last-placed Eaton, Harvey and Carey Park to come.