A thriller at last

King Valley holds off North Wangaratta in O&K’s first close finish

The Ovens and King Football League finally got its first nail-biter on Saturday, with King Valley holding on to defeat North Wangaratta by one point.

IT’S been a long time coming, but the Ovens and King Football League finally got its first nail-biter on Saturday, with King Valley holding on to defeat North Wangaratta by one point.

The narrowest result through the first six rounds of the season was 15 points – the only match decided by less than five goals – and the average margin over those 42 matches was a whopping 112 points.

But just like their two regular season encounters last year, which were settled by a combined total of 11 points, the Roos and the Hawks showed just how closely matched they are with another epic battle.

Nonetheless, the game didn’t look headed for such a tight finish after King Valley dominated the third term, getting out to a 26 point lead before Matt Smith reduced the deficit to 20 points at three quarter time with a goal from the 50m line.

The Roos had led by seven points at halftime, but kicked the first three goals of the third thanks to the ball winning ability of Jono Rea, Brett Sessions, Adam Williams and Angus Young in the middle of the ground.

Jacob Schonafinger was dangerous on the flanks, while Russell Wyllie and Evan Laverty proved to be strong targets inside 50 as the Roos began to take a stranglehold on the match.

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