Hawks’ fight falls flat

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TOUGH GAME: Wangaratta Rovers youngster Kevin Clark dives to claim the ball as Raiders star Yarran Jaffer-Williams crashes down on top of him. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

THEY put up a strong fight, but in the end one poor quarter put paid to any chance Wangaratta Rovers had of upsetting Wodonga Raiders for a second time this season.

The two sides met at the WJ Findlay Oval on Saturday, and while the visitors got off to a flying start with the first three goals, the Hawks hit back over the next 45 minutes, adding six of the next seven majors to take a seven-point lead into the long break.

Ryan Cobain, Alex Marklew, Dylan Wilson, Dylan Stone and James Smith were up and about for the Hawks, who were fielding one of their youngest sides for the year.

But with Wilson taken from the field late in the second quarter with a concussion and Marklew battling a hip flexor issue, the wheels fell off for the Hawks in the third as Raiders piled on 7.4 to 0.2 to take control of the contest.

The home team got back on track with a five-goal final term, but it was too late to mount a comeback, with Raiders getting up by 39 points in the finish.

Wilson’s concussion – his second for the season – hurt the Hawks, and will see him miss at least one week.

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