IN terms of general play, Wangaratta Rovers more than matched it with premiership contender Yarrawonga at the WJ Findlay Oval on Saturday, however, the difference was in attack.
While the Hawks butchered a number of attempts in the first three quarters, the Pigeons were far more clinical and eventually cruised to a 64-point victory.
The Hawks kicked just one goal in the first half but were still in the match as key defender Tyson Hartwig and Hayden Lowe ensured the Pigeons could only manage a five-goal lead at the main break.
And through the drive from defence, the Hawks took the match on in the third quarter, kicking three of the first four goals of the term to reduce the margin to only a couple of goals.
However, just when it seemed like the match was set for a close finish, the Pigeons clicked into another gear and took the game away, kicking eight goals to one from that point on to secure a 15.12 (102) to 5.8 (38) victory.
Hawks coach Mick Caruso said his side was made to pay for not taking its chances.
“It was disappointing because we didn’t take our opportunities,” he said.
“We had plenty of the ball in the first half and I think inside 50s were 25-21 our way.
“But on some occasions we didn’t even kick points with our shots on goal – we missed everything.
“If you can’t put scoreboard pressure on good sides then that hurts you.”