It was a good old fashioned shoot out at Victor oval on Saturday as the Roos played Langhorne Creek.
In a spite free contest that was worthy of a grand final, Fletcher opened the scoring for the Roos, Matt Dominish replied. Teenage ruckman McKay was holding his own against McLeod and Sellar, but it was when the ball hit the deck that the Hawks had the upper hand early. Earl, Alex Cleggett, Kellock and Lally linked up to push inside 50 and if they didn’t kick the goal they had Howell to take a grab.
Victor’s Alleway, Connors and skipper Ross, added goals to keep their team in touch at the first break. 13 goals were kicked in the entertaining first term.
Howell was first to goal and open up the biggest margin of the day of four goals before the home side responded with three of their own being led once again by Ross.
Les Weetra, Proud and Smedley were linking brilliantly and the margin at halftime was only six points in favour of the Hawks.
Victor slowly asserted a slight ascendency after the long break with a five goal to three term as their self belief began to grow. Sam Basham’s influence through strong marking and long accurate kicks illustrated the Roos talent on the oval. At the other end Perrey and Derham were hurling it back out of the danger zone for the Hawks and the pace of Cleggett and Dominish was hurting Victor, who coughed up two valuable goals on bad turn overs. Alleway coached by example with another mark and goal, then when Connors showed poise and class to slot a couple in the shadow of three quarter time. The Kangaroos took a lead of one straight kick into the last change.
Victor looked like stretching their advantage, but a missed shot which saw Creek go coast to coast from the kick out and Howell’s goal reduce the deficit to one point. Morden made his debut one to remember when he slotted a great running goal from the boundary, but the jubilation was short lived when Lally replied.
The dying stages were spent in Victor’s forward 50, with the scores locked away and a late snap went out on the full and the game ended in a draw.