Encounter Bay upsets reigning premiers Langhorne Creek

Footy is back in 2019.
Footy is back in 2019.

The first round of footy played at Hawk Park attracted a good crowd with fine weather prevailing.

The home side had a couple of new faces, but most of the 2018 side was still in place.

Otherwise Encounter Bay had a raft of fresh talent, which was tested on the day.

The opening bounce had the Hawks Sellar up against Callum Tonkin in the ruck duel.

The first quarter belonged to the Hawks with numerous forward forays.

Kellock for the home side nailed the first goal, with Mitch Cleggett following up with another shortly afterwards.

Still the Hawks kept pushing forward with further goals to Sellar, Lally and Mitch Cleggett again, who was giving the Bay defence a towelling.

A late goal to Toole kept the Bays to a single major for the quarter, but it was the Hawks by 26 points.

However the tide began to turn in the next term as Barrett began to give the Bays plenty of drive.

The Hawk defence was struggling to keep up with the Bays, as they scored at will.

The Hawks managed only two goals for the quarter as Encounter Bay banged through eight goals to lead by three points at the long break.

The visitors increased their lead in the third term with Baldock and Neale giving the visitors plenty up forward.

The Hawks were let down by some poor discipline, which gifted the visitors a couple of easy goals.

Karpany and Bradford were lifting the visitors whilst the home side had Howell working hard along with Derham down back.

The final term had the Hawks trying to peg back the Bays lead. Although they reduced the margin, the Bays kept their run and managed to finish with a 14 point win.

The Bays did well with their recruits in Toole, Barrett and Baldock looking the goods, with support from Bradford and Crispin.

The Hawks played well on the day, but they were let down by poor goal kicking and lapses in discipline. Kellock kicked four goals and Mitch Cleggett finished with three.


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