Hawks triumph in grand final rematch

UNDER PRESSURE: MILAWA’S Nick Hallum gets his kick away despite being surrounded by Benalla All Blacks players on Saturday. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

IT’S been a long time coming, but North Wangaratta finally recorded its first win over a top eight side this year, overrunning Whorouly by nine points in a rematch of the 2012 grand final.

The Hawks’ Achilles heel this year has been their starts, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday, with Jamie Bell’s charges booting three first quarter goals to take a 10-point lead into the huddle.

They increased it to 12 points at the long break, but the Lions came charging back, booting 5.3 to 1.3 in the third to take a healthy two-goal lead into the final change.

The Hawks have finished off matches well all year, and this was no exception, as they kicked 3.4 to 0.1 to register a confidence boosting victory.

Meanwhile, at Tatong, King Valley kept the home side goalless on the way to a 148-point win that lifted the Roos back into the top four, with coach Brendan Sessions moving to the top of the goal kicking leaderboard with 10 majors.

Moyhu knocked up a cricket score against Swanpool – after a relatively competitive first half the Hoppers slammed on 34.9 to 0.0 in the final two quarters.

Tim Lewis kept up his run of form, booting 12 goals as Milawa thumped Benalla by 190 points, Hamish Moore and Jesse Hemmens managed 16 between them in Tarrawingee’s rout of Goorambat, and Bonnie Doon looks to have sealed ninth spot on the ladder with a 34-point win over Greta.

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