Opportunity missed

WANGARATTA midfielder Sean Johns can’t escape the clutches of Hawk duo Sam Caruso and Shane Gaston yesterday. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

WANGARATTA’S finals chances took a big hit yesterday, with the Magpies left to rue a wasteful final term after going down to archrivals Wangaratta Rovers by a goal at the WJ Findlay Oval, 9.13 (67) to 8.13 (61).

Trailing by 22 points at the last change, the Magpies finished with all the run kicking with the breeze in the final quarter, but couldn’t make the most of their opportunities, registering a wasteful 3.7.

James Wong had a big game, easily outpointing direct opponent Hayden Lowe, but he was the chief offender in the final stanza, adding three behinds, all from gettable shots, to take his tally to 4.6 for the day.

Josh Porter and Jai Canny also missed from set shots, Kayde Surrey had his kick on goal touched right on the line and Jason Cook had a major disallowed when advantage wasn’t paid by the umpire after a Magpies free kick.

In the end the Hawks earned their win, having the better of each of the first three quarters, but coach Mick Caruso would not have been pleased with the way they came to a standstill in the fourth quarter.

Cam Bishop was the standout forward for the home team, finishing with 3.3 and effectively kicking the match winner 19 minutes into the last term to put his side 15 points up when the Magpies were charging.

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