A fine and cool day greeted patrons as they entered Hawk Park for the first home game of 2018.
Both teams were blooding new players. The Hawks have ex AFL recruit in Sellar, as well as Arbon and the Roos have fresh blood in McKay, Hartshorne, Williams, Connors and Davey.
In ruck it was Mitch Cleggett up against the Roos new big man in McKay.
Kellock for the Hawks broke through for the first goal. Shortly afterwards it was Kellock again kicking a major after receiving a pass from Perrey. The visitors were working hard in defence to stop the Hawks forward pressure. The next 6 pointer came through Jake Dominish.
The Roos were struggling to get the ball flowing through there forward lines, but eventually it was Ross kicking truly to get Victor's only goal for the quarter. At the first break the home side were in front by 15 points.
The Hawks opened their account in the second term through Alex Cleggett. The Hawks were starting to show their dominance, as Sellar goaled after a solid mark. Again it was the Hawks with Howell banging another goal for the home side. Victor were struggling with momentum at this stage, with the home side well on top.
Finally the Roos broke through with a much needed goal from the boot of Connors. The visitors scored the next through Wade and Victor were back in the game. The next major came the way of Howell for the Creek. Arbon for the home side had another major on the board. The quarter finished with a couple of goals from Roos’, Elmes and Alleway. At the main break the home side led by 23 points.
The Hawks had the breeze in the third quarter, but it was the Roos who kicked the first two goals. Alleway posted the first and then it was Weetra's turn. The Hawks defence was being pressured until Alex Cleggett baulked around a couple of players and goaled on the run and then goals to Lally, Matt Dominish and McLeod had them back on top.
Elmes for the Roos finished the quarter with a much needed goal to narrow the deficit to 29 points.
The final quarter started with the Roos scoring through the service of Wade who snapped truly, but the Hawks replied through Kellock.
Alleway kicked a goal for the visitors, but it was too late, as the home side secured a 21 point victory.
The Hawks were well served through Kellock, Matt Dominish and Derham down back. Victor's best players were Ross, Alleway and Proud.