WANGARATTA Rovers’ chances of finishing in the Ovens and Murray’s top three at the end of the season have been dealt a huge blow after suffering a shock loss to Wodonga at home on Saturday.
The Hawks were simply outplayed by a better side on the day as the Bulldogs kicked away after quarter time to record an impressive 43-point win.
Elusive forward Steve Murray and coach Ben Hollands both kicked four goals for the Bulldogs while Matt Seiter, Ben Heinrich and Chris Macey also starred in the upset.
For the Hawks, Sam Carpenter was brilliant and so was ruckman Karl Norman, however, they didn’t get enough support.
After 11 rounds the Rovers remain fourth on the ladder but are now one win and percentage behind third placed Lavington.
For a team that headed into the game with a 7-3 record, the Hawks were red-hot favorites to take out the match, however, their indifferent recent form gave the Bulldogs hope.