The Langhorne Creek Hawks versus the Yankalilla Tigers game last Saturday turned into a blowout with the home side recording a 164 point victory.
Whilst Yankalilla weren’t tipped to win on the day, most pundits wouldn’t have expected the margin to be that great.
The match began with Sellar for the Hawks up against the Tigers Mccallum in ruck. It wasn’t long before the Hawks had the first major on the board through the efforts of McLeod.
Yankalilla had a couple of early forays into their forward 50, but couldn’t get through the tight Hawk defence. But it was all Langhorne Creek from this point as they kicked the next seven goals unanswered.
Their scoring was through a number of avenues, with Kellock, Ben Warren and Sellar sharing the spoils.
They could have had even more if they made better use of the breeze, with numerous kicks not finding targets.
Meanwhile the Tigers defence was under enormous strain as they struggled to contain the Hawk assault.
A free to Ashley Bond gave the visitors there lone goal for the quarter. At the first break the home side were 48 points up.
In the second term, one would have thought that Yankalilla could have improved their position with the use of the stiff breeze.
But this wasn’t the case as the Hawks maintained their attacking play and once again piled on the goals.
The home side was winning centre clearances time after time, with the likes of the Hawks Earl and Kellock suffering from leather poisoning with the amount of possessions they were getting.
The Tigers’ defence was busy as they managed to repel some of the Hawks forays through the ball handling of Braendler and Shute.
But the Hawks had winners in most positions as they kicked a further six goals for the quarter, leaving the Tigers unable to make a dent on the scoreboard for the term.
At the main break the Hawks had a 85 point lead.
Term three began like the previous quarters with the Hawks in complete control of the game. Once again they dominated centre clearances.
The Hawks Sellar was dominating in ruck and was taking plenty of marks around the ground.
Tigers Coach Kay pushed more players into defence, but alas it was not really affecting the Hawks scoring for the quarter.
The home side added another six goals for the term with Yankalilla unable to score at all.
The Hawks had goal kickers in Alex Cleggett, Ben Warren, Sellar and Kellock. At the last break the home side had pushed the margin out to 126 points.
The final quarter was all Hawks once again. Their centre clearance counts were up again as the Hawks forwards managed to kick another seven goals for the term.
The Yankalilla defence was again in overdrive, but although they were well outclassed, at least didn’t give up and gave their best on the day.
A late goal to the Tigers Fisher was Yankalilla’s only highlight for the quarter, as the Hawks romped away with a daunting 164 point win.
For the Hawks, they were well served by Earl, Sellar in ruck and Kellock who was dominating the centre as well as booting six goals in the forward lines when resting.
The Tigers’ best players were Braendler, Shute and Nick Bond.
Yankalilla have been down on their luck this year in the Senior and Junior grades.
Lack of numbers and injuries haven’t helped their cause. Let’s hope they can regroup in 2019 and return to their competitive best.