Fitting finish

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NOTHING IN IT: North Wangaratta’s Andrew Harris tries to spoil Tiger Paul Johnston. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

GLENROWAN and North Wangaratta let their football do the talking on Saturday, producing one of the games of the Ovens and King season amid the good old fashioned winter weather in Kelly Country.

After two weeks of simmering tensions between the two clubs following an alleged brawl at a local hotel, the match couldn’t have been played in better spirit, with both the Tigers and the Hawks making the football their sole focus.

In the end the two sides couldn’t be split, finishing tied at 6.7 (43) apiece, but for once, no one went home disappointed.

While the ground held up remarkably well to the 35mm of rain that fell in the lead up and during the match, it was extremely soft underfoot, and the wet footy meant both sides had to reconsider their usual tactics.

The Hawks struggled with the conditions early on, turning the ball over regularly as players tried to hit up short targets only to find their skills wanting.

The Tigers were more inclined to bang the ball long, and as a result they had far more of the play in their forward half during the opening term.

Rory Cunningham was terrific across half back, playing largely as a loose man in defence and constantly cutting off the Hawks’ forward forays, while Tigers coach Nigel Robinson and on-ballers Scott and Jordon Bradley were also making their mark on the contest.

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