• Press claims Hawks’ focus in heavy loss

    SOLID: Jamie Sheahan kicked three goals for the Hawks.

    WANGARATTA Rovers star Jamie Sheahan believes the Hawks focused too much on Lavington’s defensive press on Saturday as they went down to the Panthers by 66 points.

    In what was the Hawks’ first loss of the year, the Panthers simply outplayed Mick Caruso’s men as they kicked five goals to one in the opening term to lead by 24 points.

    The margin blew out to 46 points by half time and at three quarter time, Lavington led by 10 goals and had kept the Hawks to just two majors.

    Fortunately for the Hawks the game opened up in the final quarter and they kicked four goals, however, the Panthers were in cruise control by then and won easily 17.10 (102) to 6.10 (46).

    Matt Pendergast was outstanding for the Panthers while Luke Brauer (three goals), Mitch Palmer and Sam Harris also starred.

    Sheahan, who was the Hawks’ best player, said the side’s first loss for the season was tough to take.

    “It was disappointing,” he said.

    “They got the jump on us early they were probably stronger over the ball than us.

    “That put us on the back foot and we couldn’t reel them in after that.

    “They are the biggest side we’ve played and they all played their roles.

    “When you don’t have any passengers you are hard to beat.”

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