IN a match of milestones, it was Lavington’s Myles Aalbers who enjoyed the greatest celebration at the WJ Findlay Oval on Saturday.
In his 100th match for the Panthers, Aalbers produced an outstanding four-quarter display, dominating all over the ground and booting five goals to lead the visitors to an 18-point victory over Wangaratta Rovers.
The Hawks were desperate to put their best foot forward for their own milestone man, Ross Hill, who was chalking up his 300th senior game for the club.
But while they were able to match it with their more fancied rivals for the majority of the contest, it was the individual brilliance of Aalbers that continually proved the Hawks’ stumbling block.
The killer blow came when Aalbers intercepted a kick out, ironically enough from the boot of Hill, 17 minutes into the final term and calmly slotted the goal to give the Panthers a 17-point buffer after the Hawks had been coming hard.
His fifth came five minutes later and iced the game before new Hawk Joel Coombes got a late consolation.