Supporters from both clubs gathered in what was a great day for footy, with perfect conditions.
Langhorne Creek keen to stamp their authority on McLaren as they did in the first encounter this year and McLaren looking for some good form going into their first finals campaign for many years. Both teams were meeting each other knowing full well they would be playing against each other in the first week of the finals.
McLaren were missing a few with injuries and gave opportunities to Rowe and Jeffries for their first A Grade games for the year and a chance to impress, but it was Langhorne Creek who looked to have the edge in the first quarter kicking 4.3 to 2.1.
The highlight was seeing young Shannon Jones, who was a star in the earlier senior colt match playing his second match for the day leading against the flow of play, a nice mark and conversion.
The second quarter was much of the same with Langhorne Creek looking the better side. Sellar and Howell looking dangerous up forward, Arbon strong as a rock in defence and Derham having a crack in the midfield looking to enjoy his time away from his normal defensive role gathering plenty of the footy.
Lucky for McLaren was the form of Zohar with his legendary fist away in the aerial contests, punching through a few points.
Langhorne Creek led at half time by 23 points.
McLaren have had a habit of turning it on in the second half, so Gill, Ellis, and Fenoughty lifted in the midfield, while Kellock and Perry out on his wing, and Earl continued playing well for Langhorne Creek.
Both sides were playing a good brand of footy with McLaren looking to match the Hawks.
The margin was 22 points at the last change with the Hawks in control.
Watchman with a nice mark and goal got McLaren closer and the game tightened up. Ellis and Gill combined well to get McLaren within the Hawks, but that was far as it went.
The Creek didn’t score in the last quarter, but showed enough character to battle out a good win gaining some confidence for next week’s rematch. Best for the Creek were Perrey and Derham and for McLaren, Zohar and Bollenhagen played well