CENTRALS have all but secured a vital top three finish after defeating College on Saturday afternoon at the Bill O’Callaghan Oval despite kicking just one goal after quarter time.
The Hawks managed just 1.4 to the Blues’ 2.6 in the final three quarters but did enough in the first term to run out winners 7.5 (47) to 2.7 (19).
With conditions close to the worst of the season, the first quarter was always going to be vital to the outcome, with the ball in the best possible conditions.
Both sides were aware of the importance of the first 20 minutes, however, the Hawks made it count, booting six goals to none to open up a 36-point lead at the first break.
College finally got on the board in the third quarter but its goal was cancelled out by another for Centrals, who maintained a six-goal lead at the final break.
With the match all but over, the Hawks took the foot off the pedal somewhat in the final quarter and were unable to score.
William Nolan, James O’Brien and Tyrone Kilner-Wheeler were the best players for the Blues.