Langhorne Creek defeat McLaren in Great Southern football

CAUGHT: Mount Compass champ Ziggy Vitkunas wraps a great tackle on Victor Harbor's James Bramley on Saturday.
CAUGHT: Mount Compass champ Ziggy Vitkunas wraps a great tackle on Victor Harbor's James Bramley on Saturday.

The Hawks took on the McLaren Eagles at Hawk Park.

The Eagles were hoping for a win against their hoodoo side, which they haven't beaten since 2014. The home side was looking for a win.

The game began with the Hawks Mitch Cleggett up against Watchman in ruck. Early play was tight with plenty of contested footy.

First goal went to Helyar for the Hawks and soon Gregory replied for the visitors.

Scrappy conditions continued with goals to the Hawks Kellock and McLaren's Watchman prior to the end of the first quarter with scores locked up at 14 points apiece.

The second term was all the Hawks. It began with the home side's McGregor kicking truly and from there the Hawks side had most of the play.

McLaren defence was under pressure, led by Hopkins and Zohar who were doing their best to repel constant Hawk forays.

Meanwhile the Hawk back six were giving little away, keeping the visitors goalless for the term. During the quarter the home side pushed through five goals and at the long break they held a 34 point lead.

The third term began with McLaren making the most of the scoring end. The visitors put plenty of pressure on the Hawks and managed to put two goals on the board through Vandeleur and Wakefield.

The home side couldn't manage a goal for the term. The visitors well served by Young and Watchman. At the last break the home side were maintaining a 14 point margin.

The last quarter was played in two halves. The first 15 minutes it was all the Hawks with three goals kicked in quick succession through Helyar and McGregor. With a six goal lead, punters could put their glasses down and pencil in a win.

However, McLaren weren't done and they took advantage of the tiring home side. Wakefield for the visitors proved his worth with four goals in the dying minutes of the game.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the siren ended McLaren's hopes of a surprise victory, with the home side winning by nine points.

Best players for the Hawks were Kellock, Sellar and M Dominish.

McLaren were well served by Hopkins, Watchman and Young, with Wakefield doing well up forward.

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