IT was ugly, it was low-scoring but the Wangaratta Rovers bounced back from successive defeats to account for North Albury by just eight points in a thrilling contest at the WJ Findlay Oval yesterday.
In one of the most intriguing contests of the season to date, the Hawks could only manage one goal in the first half and trailed by 18 points at main change.
However, they hit back in the second half, kicking four goals in the third quarter and holding the Hoppers to just one goal for the second half before saluting 6.11 (47) to 5.9 (39).
Sam Caruso was the instigator for the Hawks in the third quarter as he and ruckman Karl Norman continually won the ball for the home side.
Ryan Stone battled manfully up forward and finished with two goals as did youngster Coen Hennessy who ensured star Hopper Dan Leslie wasn’t at his usual attacking best.
But the story of the day was the disposal efficiency by both teams.
The Hawks were guilty of over possessing the ball all game, put teammates under pressure with poor decisions and tried to be too cute when going forward.