Fast finishing Hawks overcome Bulldogs

Determination: Nigel Bryan kicks for goal during Victor Harbor's upset loss at home to McLaren.
Determination: Nigel Bryan kicks for goal during Victor Harbor's upset loss at home to McLaren.

The Hawks hosted Mt Compass last Saturday and the game was played under cold conditions with occasional showers throughout the game.

Both teams came into the match with players missing and it was Mitch Cleggett in ruck for the Hawks, standing in for the absent Sellar. Creek had a goal on the board through Lally in the first minute, before a period of tight, contested play. Compass broke the ice with a goal to Pinyon while the Hawk defence was in overdrive. Creek were under pressure with Derham off nursing an injury. The Bulldogs took advantage of the situation with Pinyon and Z Vitkunas each chipping in with two majors for the term, to ensure the visitors led by 17 at the first change.

Term two began with the Hawks in attack, booting the first two goals through Lally and Howell. Their early work was undone with Compass regrouping and goaling through Pinyon and Copestick. The Hawks had further scoring opportunities, but were let down by poor kicking. The Dogs defence ,through McKenzie, repelled waves of attacks. A late goal by way of a free and 50 metre penalty, gave the visitors more breathing space, with a 21 point lead at the main break.

Hawk's Coach Godwin must have inspired something into his side during the break, as a different team emerged for the second half. Within 10 seconds they had their first goal via McGregor and further goals to Saunders and Howell thanks to passes from lively Luke Cooper set up a contest. It was all the Hawks from that point on. McGregor kicked another and the Dogs became undisciplined. Now hitting the front, the Hawks continued their dominance. Cleggett was getting plenty of the ball around the ground, while for the visitors, Hoban and Corbett worked hard, but had little support. A late goal to Corbett was the only major for the visitors during the term. The game had swung in favour of the Hawks who led by 20 at the final break.

The final term was a tight affair early in the piece with plenty of ball ups. The Dogs needed to strike back, but couldn't make any inroads as the Hawk's defence held tight. Further showers fell, making ball control increasingly difficult. Frustrations crept in, and the pushing and shoving began.

The Bulldogs lost their cool during the term, giving away five fifty metre penalties for the quarter, with two of these gifting the Hawks goals. A player from each side received send offs as the umpires attempted to regain control. The Bulldogs failed to score a goal for the quarter and had only kicked one in the entire second half, whereas the Hawks kicked 10.

The home side won the day by a 32 point margin with scores 13.10 88 to 8.8 56.

Best for the Hawks were Mitch Cleggett, Lally and Howell. The Bulldogs were well served by Hoban, Tom Corbett and Hunter.