WANGARATTA Rovers proved they still have what it takes to compete in the Ovens and Murray competition with a 15.12 (102) to 2.13 (25) victory over Myrtleford at the McNamara Reserve on Saturday.
In what could have been a close competition between the ninth and 10th placed teams the Rovers dominated the play across the field, stringing four solid quarters of football together.
The Hawks’ backline of Sean O’Keeffe, James Smith and Darcy Booth stepped up in the absence of full back Tyson Hartwig, thwarting several attempts at goal by the Saints.
And when the ball made it dangerously close to Myrtleford’s goal square, there were desperate and effective attempts to drive the ball back into the Rovers’ attack where Dylan Wilson, Lochy Dornauf and Alex Marklew were waiting.
Their intensity across the field could not be faulted – the Hawks laid 62 tackles with some of the best being made by the returning Luke Peters, playing his first senior game in three months.
But the intensity of the game caused one casualty with Brydon Robins leaving the field after a heavy collision with Myrtelford’s Brad Murray.