Barooga comfortably handed Deniliquin Rams their fifth straight Murray Football League loss on Saturday in an 87-point thrashing at Barooga Recreation Reserve.
The Hawks were after percentage this week to maintain second position on the ladder, currently sitting equal on points with Numurkah who also had a convincing win over Tongala at the weekend.
They struggled to kick straight in the opening term, scoring just two goals off eight scoring shots but restricted the Rams to one goal and one behind.
Barooga was more efficient in the second quarter, converting 3.1 and leading by 29 points at half-time.
Ben Nisbet was the only multiple goal scorer for the Rams with two while Matthew Demaio, who kicked seven against Rumbalara last week, was commanding in the forward line to kick four Barooga goals.
Lucas Olsen ran hard all game and created plenty of opportunities up forward to kick three goals and Tyrone Downie presented well with three also.
The game was decided by three-quarter-time with Barooga adding 5.4 to 2.2 and setting up an eight-goal margin ahead of the final term.
The Hawks showed their class to score another nine goals in the fourth and run out the game 19.13(127) to 6.4(40).
Shaun Robbins dominated all day, with Jake Russell, Matthew Jackson and Timothy Brooks rounding out the best players.
Next week’s game against Nathalia will be a telling one for the Hawks and could see them drop to third on the ladder with Numurkah taking on Congupna.
The reigning premier is undefeated this season and will be a massive challenge to overcome.