While Strath had a good win early in the season, it was the Hawks who prevailed this time, coming home with a 72 point win.
At the first bounce it was Strath’s James up against Sellar from the Hawks. The first quarter was played with a fair bit of intensity with Strath eventually securing the first two majors through Stirling and Price.
The visitors looked to have the early running, until Jake Dominish scored for the home side. This was followed by McLeod doing likewise. From this point the local side began to take off and had plenty of attacking moves into their forward arc.
Further goals to Lally, Sellar and Howell gave the Hawks an early edge with the Strath defence struggling to handle the Hawk forays. A late goal from Strath’s James finished the quarter with the Creek boys 12 points in front.
Quarter two began with the first goal kicked by Arbon for the Hawks. Not to be outdone, Strath had a reply through Tucker and another through Marc Elliott.
This was all they could add to the scoreboard for the quarter as the Hawks began to pull away with a series of goals. Firstly Matt Dominish and then Sellar kicked three in a row. At the main break the home side increased their lead to 32 points.
The third term was all one way traffic. The Hawks were continually moving the ball out of the centre through Perrey and Earl. Clamp and Christie were doing their bit for Strath, but they didn’t have many helpers as the Hawks pushed on with a seven goal to nil quarter. They scored through Howell, Mitch Cleggett and Sellar. At the last break the home team had pushed the margin out to 79 points.
After an animated address from coach Price, Strath made a better effort in the last quarter. An early goal to Noske for Strath was followed by two from Wright and another two from Maloney.
Strath did all the running, but late goals to Jake Dominish, Sellar and Lally meant the Hawks finished the game with a solid 72 point margin.
Jake Dominish from the Creek was presented with the MAC game changer award after playing a great running game from the backlines.