Hawks show up lifeless Rams

April 27, 2018

Hawks big man Brodie A'Vard gets some hang time. Photo: Jackie Vogel.

Barooga's Billy Andrew looks to break free. Photo: Jackie Vogel.

Barooga has continued on its winning ways in the MFL, easily accounting for a struggling Deniliquin outfit at Hardinge St Oval.

The game was as good as done at quarter-time, with Barooga kicking five unanswered goals as the Rams failed to register a single point.

The ruck/midfield combination of Brodie A’Vard and Will Gorman was again prolific for the Hawks.

Both players have been exceptional and will no doubt be near the top of the club’s best and fairest at this point.

The 123-point margin could have been even worse for the home side, with Barooga letting the Rams off the hook in front of the big sticks — not for the first time this season — kicking 18.22.

Although the Hawks could have been more ruthless, one major positive from the game was key forward Matt Demaio’s return to form, kicking five goals in a powerful and promising display.

‘‘He has been building for two or three weeks now without hitting the scoreboard. There are a few areas we have been working on with him in terms of his work rate and hitting up at the footy a bit more and he probably got the rewards for those on the weekend in kicking five,’’ coach James Hazelman said.

‘‘As I said to him after the game, we won’t be measuring him purely on kicking goals, but hopefully this gives him a confidence boost and can be a bit of a springboard for the rest of his season.’’

Hazelman said Gorman was relishing the chance to spend more time in the midfield.

‘‘He’s in really good form at the moment,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s probably involved a bit more. He is predominantly playing in the middle, where in the past he had been spending about 75 per cent of his game time forward, so he is loving his new role and getting the results to go with it.’’

This weekend the Hawks hit the road again to take on Tongala, traditionally a tricky team for Barooga to overcome.

‘‘It has been a really hard place for us to go and win. We seem to have struggled a little bit on that ground in the past, so we definitely have to be on our game,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘They knocked Mulwala off two weeks ago, so we will have to come prepared because they can be a dangerous team on their day and have some top-end talent.’’

If the Hawks can improve in one area over the next few weeks, Hazelman wants it to be their efficiency in front of goal.

He said it was critical they took their chances, especially in big games.

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