The Hawks disposed of a valiant Finley team on Saturday with a fine display of skills and a final margin of 13 goals.
Barooga co-coach Tyrone Downie said his team went out strongly against the Cats at Finley Recreation Reserve.
‘‘We started off well and played reasonable footy,’’ Downie said.
‘‘Then I thought Finley’s effort after that was really good — they definitely challenged us — but it was good to get away with the win.
‘‘At times it was a little bit scrappy, but I thought it was a pretty even spread.
‘‘I thought Lucas Olsen up forward played well, Jake Russell was good and I thought Chris Keys in the ruck and Ricky Thomson were also very consistent.
‘‘It was a pretty even balance though, I thought.’’
Finley coach Robert Daniel said his players performed well against a superior side.
‘‘I thought they were excellent, actually,’’ Daniel said.
‘‘I thought their effort was first class. At half-time I said to the boys that second quarter was our best quarter of the year, I think.
‘‘Barooga is a high-scoring team and I felt that to hold them to two goals in the second quarter was a really good effort.
‘‘I was overall very happy — everyone had a crack, we didn’t have any passengers, we had 22 boys contribute on the day.’’
Downie said the win was evidence of the success of the Hawk’s game plan.
‘‘We would have liked to have played better at times, especially in the second quarter, when I don’t think we played great.
‘‘Finley controlled the play a little bit then — when they did that they probably looked a better side.
‘‘We had some good patches of play at times, especially when we kicked goals consecutively.
‘‘Between that, we might have had some lapses, but when we scored consecutively we went reasonably well.’’
Next week the Hawks face MFL ladder leader Numurkah at Barooga.
‘‘We look forward to getting the opportunity to have a crack at Numurkah again — last time we got within a goal,’’ Downie said.
‘‘Hopefully we’ve got some players coming back next week, we’ll have to wait and see, but we definitely feel that if we play good straight footy we can hopefully come away with the win.
‘‘With Numurkah and Nathalia, it’s really tough for us to get top two, but if we can win this one it will help us get third spot and we’ll have a good run to the finals, hopefully.’’
- Grahame Whyte