Barooga returned to winning form on Saturday, clinching an emphatic win against Tongala by 117 points.
In a well-executed display which showed there were no thoughts of the previous round’s loss to Numurkah still lingering in any minds, the Hawks dispatched the Blues with a flurry of goals, 24.13(157) to 6.4(40).
It remained a fairly even game at the first break, but Barooga piled on the goals afterwards, scoring seven in the second, six in the third term and another seven in the final quarter.
Pressure from the Hawks kept the ball away from Tongala’s forward lines, restricting them to just two goals in the first half and four in the second half.
Despite doubt as to whether he would take the field, Will Gorman starred for the Hawks, booting seven of the 24 goals.
Strong turns in the forward half from Matt Demaio (five goals), Tom Wilkinson (three), Tyrone Downie and Matt Jackson (two each) also helped sealed the win.
Dominant performances from Samuel Macheda and Lachlan Brown also earned them nods for best-on, along with Gorman, Demaio, Wilkinson, Downie and Jackson.
●Cobram was not so lucky in its encounter against a resurgent Numurkah team, fresh from its win against Moama.
In a disappointing day for the Tigers, Numurkah ran out 74-point winners, 15.17(107) to 4.8(32).
The Tigers were kept to just three goals in the first half, and weren’t able to score a major again until the final quarter.
Scott Spencer, Tom Scott, Daniel Clarke and Tyron Baden were the major scorers for Cobram.
Strong performances from Baden, Scott, Nic Hoban, Sam Gemmill, Darcy McCormack and Shaun Greenway saw them named in the Tigers’ best.
●This weekend: The Hawks will be looking to make it two from two when they travel to face Mulwala, while Cobram will be looking to secure another win when it faces Congupna at home.