WANGARATTA Rovers have all but sealed a spot in the Ovens and Murray finals despite being just half way through the season after escaping with a thrilling four-point victory over Myrtleford on Saturday.
The Hawks moved to six wins from nine matches after Ross Hill’s clever snap rolled through late in the final quarter to hand his side a 9.12 (66) to 9.8 (62) victory at McNamara Reserve.
With Wangaratta and Corowa/Rutherglen playing out a draw at the Norm Minns Oval, the Hawks are now two and a half games, plus percentage, clear of the Magpies.
The Hawks started well on Saturday with Joel Coombes kicking the opening goal of the match, much to the disappointment of his former club.
But from there the Hawks struggled to make an impact, kicking seven points for the first quarter as the Saints took control.
With coach Brad Murray dominating in the middle, the Saints extended their one-point quarter time lead to six points at the main change.
Scores were level at the final break and through sheer hard work and determination, the Hawks eventually managed to secure the win, although Murray’s late miss helped their cause.