Last Saturday’s clash at Hawk Park saw the home team account for the visiting McLaren side following a solid second half performance.
McLaren had the handy inclusion of former player Jordan Mutton, whereas the Hawks were missing Derham, but had Ben Warren returning.
The game began with Naylon for the Hawks up against Procter for the visitors in ruck. The first goal came early for the Hawks through the boot of Nick Warren. Soon afterwards Mutton managed a solid mark and goal for McLaren. McLaren were under plenty of pressure with Zohar working hard in the back half to repel constant Hawk attacks. Finally the visitors managed to find away into their forward half where Steve Kahl kicked truly for their second goal.
McLaren took advantage of the Hawks defensive press allowing a quick run down the ground with A Rigney goaling for the visitors. The Hawk midfield was getting on top through the ruck work of Naylon and strong ground work from Perrey and Kellock allowed the ball to be moved quickly up forward where Alex Cleggett marked and goaled. Shortly afterwards Ben Warren did likewise, allowing the Hawks to maintain an eight point lead at the first break.
The first goal in the second went to Alex Cleggett who booted one on the run. Soon after Lally for the Hawks did the same allowing the home side breathing space. Another goal to the hard working Perrey for the Hawks was next and it seemed that McLaren were in trouble. However, they regrouped in the last part of the quarter.
Gill was getting a lot of touches in the middle of the ground and Zohar was holding the McLaren back six together. The visitors kicked the next three goals through David Kahl, Trevor Rigney and Procter. At the main break, the Creek up by 10 points.
The Hawks came out firing in the second half. Alex Cleggett kicked a goal on the run in the first minute and then followed up with a mark and goal straight afterwards.
McLaren eventually scored a goal off the boot of Chahla, but again the Hawks were having most of the play with the next goal coming from Ben Warren for the home team. Steve Kahl marked well for McLaren and kicked truly. The Hawks had the next three goals with Matt Dominish, Lally and Ben Warren making no mistakes. At the final break the Hawks had a 28 point lead.
The last quarter saw the Hawks dominate. Howell booted the first goal for the Hawks, but quick reply came from McLaren’s Papatolis. A goal from Steve Kahl from a 50 metre penalty was the only other score the visitors managed for the quarter.
The Hawks then took charge and kicked the next six through Kellock, Jake Dominish, Matt Tonkin, Rodgers and Alex Cleggett. At the final siren the Hawks were on top with a solid 64 point margin.
Best players for the home team were Kellock, who picked up kicks everywhere around the ground, Alex Cleggett who kicked six goals up forward and Naylon who rucked tirelessly all day.
McLaren were well served by Gill in the middle, Barreau and Zohar up back. The MAC game changer award went to Brandon Naylon for the Hawks.