Hawks knock off Tigers

The Hawks and Tigers clashed at Langhorne Creek on Saturday in very windy conditions. The rain held off for the match, but nonetheless the conditions were trying for both teams. Yankalilla came with a number of key players missing, while the Hawks were going into the game without Rogers and Lally. The Hawks won the toss and kicked to the southern end, making first use of the strong winds.

The game began with plenty of Hawk attack, but they struggled to score early with the Yankalilla defending well. Kellock was sent back to the pine for the Hawks for 5 minutes after an infringement against Bartlett, but they then broke through with Ben Warren goaling after a nice left foot snap. The umpires were busy with the whistle, finding plenty of frees from both sides. The home side went up by 19 points at the first break.

The Hawks scored immediately in the second term through Ben Warren, but most of the attacking was now from Yankalilla who had the use of the wind. The first Tiger goal came from Brazier who kicked truly after a fine mark. Meanwhile the Tigers had drive from Barras and Bartlett who were picking up plenty of touches. The next goal came from Matt Dominish for the Hawks from a tidy snap. Brazier for the Tigers kicked the final goal for the quarter and at half time the home side were up by seven points.

The third term began with the Hawks having use of the strong breeze. Ben Warren was becoming a focal point up forward for the home side, taking plenty of marks and kicking two goals. Tonkin for the Hawks managed the next goal after soccering the ball in the square and it was the Hawks doing all the attacking. Yankallila were struggling to move the ball into their forward lines and a late goal from Brazier was their only score for the quarter. Hawks took a 28-point lead at the final change.

The last quarter began with Howell for the Hawks goaling in the first minute. Straight afterwards Ben Warren did likewise and the home side was building a lead which the visitors found hard to overcome. In the end the home side got on top with a convincing 25-point win in trying and difficult conditions.