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Wilson stars as Hoppers claim second straight top four scalp

CLEAN HANDS: Moyhu’s Marcus Kennedy gets around Tarrawingee’s Mark Anderson before dishing off a handpass.

A STUNNING performance from Moyhu’s Jeremy Wilson singlehandedly led the Hoppers to another big scalp on Saturday, knocking off Tarrawingee for the second time this year.

Wilson produced one of the most dominant individual displays seen in the competition this season, finishing the match with close to 30 devastating possessions, five goals and three goal assists.

In what was a blockbuster clash in round 16 of Ovens and King football, the Hoppers came out of the blocks flying, with the likes of Ryan Craig, Nathan Thompson and Wilson racking up the touches in the middle of the ground.

They were kicking with the aid of a handy breeze, and they made the most of it, with Craig and Reece Bilney both finding the middle of the big sticks with opportunistic snaps in the first 10 minutes.

Not content with simply winning the ball in the middle, Wilson began to impact the scoreboard in a major way, snaring two goals from 50m out on the run and hitting up Nathan Waite for another from in front of the Tarrawingee scoreboard to give the Hoppers a run of five straight majors.

The Bulldogs produced one last charge, with goals to Jesse Hemmens and Joel O’Keeffe giving the home side some hope, but it was all too little, too late, with the Hoppers doing enough to hang on for a memorable 14-point victory.

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