Strong start for Sam

FIT AND FIRING: Sam Carpenter was one of the Hawks’ best in Saturday’s practice match.

THE form and fitness of Wangaratta Rovers midfield star Sam Carpenter was one of the biggest positives to come out of Saturday’s practice match against Myrtleford.

The Hawks were lucky to get a game in at all, after their original opponents, Benalla Saints, pulled out, having booked a friendly against Albury on the same day.

But coach Paul Maher said things fell into place for a battle with traditional rival Myrtleford.

“It was unfortunate that Benalla had double booked, and Albury won out on that one,” Maher said.

“But Myrtleford was in a similar position, with Echuca pulling the pin on a practice match with them, so that gave us an opportunity to have a hit out against them.

“It would have been nice to be able to play a reserves and senior match, but we just played the one game and rotated 34 or 35 players through.”

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