The Hawks hosted the visiting Roos at Langhorne Creek. The home side were without Lally and Derham, but had two new inclusions in McGregor and Helyar.
The game began at a fast pace. The first major was kicked by the Hawk's Howell , although Victor were quick to reply through the hands of Sam Basham. McGregor for the Hawks was marking strongly and had the next goal before the Roos set up Ross to nail one from the boundary.
From this point, Victor had most of the play and kicked two more goals for the quarter, but they squandered a number of opportunities. At the first break they maintained a 17 point buffer over the home side.
The second quarter belonged to the Hawks. They regrouped after an ordinary first term and began to get plenty of touch through Helyar and Clifford, the latter who was constantly running the ball out of the back lines.
Bramley for the Roos was providing another marking point up forward. For the quarter, the Hawks had multiple goal kickers and by the main break had turned the score around and led by 7 points. However, Sellar received a heavy knock and left the field for the rest of the game.
The third quarter was a fairly even affair with both sides working hard to gain the upper hand. The Hawks had goalkickers in Cooper, McGregor and Follett with the visitors nailing majors through Sam Basham, Hewett and Bramley. The margin at the last change was three points in favour of Langhorne Creek.
It was a tense final 25 minutes. Two early goals to Helyar for the Hawks gave the home side the edge. The Roos rebounded through Sam Basham and Alleway. Another two goals were kicked by the Hawks and with only a short time left it appeared they had done enough. However, the Roos weren't lying down and managed a series of late goals to hit the front. With much character Victor Harbor were able to come from behind and win by nine points at the final siren.
The game itself was played at a strong intensity. For the winners it was their forward strength in Sam Basham and Alleway that gave them the edge. The Hawks shouldn't be disappointed with their efforts and their new recruits in McGregor and Helyar will be valuable in the second half of the season.