WANGARATTA Magpies’ thirds secured a second straight victory to start the season when they ran over the top of arch rivals Wangaratta Rovers by 17 points on Sunday.
In the battle for the Walker-McCormick trophy, the best junior talent in Wangaratta was on display and it was a fierce encounter.
As the rain fell and the skills diminished, the Hawks came out on top in the first quarter booting 2.2 to 1.1 and winning the ball on the outside to great effect, before the Magpies stormed back into the contest in the second term.
Inaccuracy again plagued the Magpies, who had a majority of the play, but struggled to consistently hurt the Hawks on the scoreboard kicking a woeful 1.7 to 1.0 to take a one-point lead in to the long break.
The defensive running of the Magpies returned and lifted the whole team to their cause as they squeezed the Hawks on every possession; the likes of Jordan Storer, Fraser Ellis and Harry Smart all lifted their work rates with their clean disposal and game play leading to a number of deep forward entries.
The Magpies booted 3.3 to 0.2 to break the game open and secure a 20-point lead at the three quarter time break.