Murray Football League ladder-leader Barooga was pushed all the way by Moama in a low-scoring affair at the Barooga Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The Hawks led at every change to eventually overpower the Magpies and win 9.7 (61) to 7.8 (50).
It was an arm-wrestle from the very first bounce, as both sides battled to gain the ascendency.
Some inaccurate first-term kicking saw the Hawks head to the quarter-time huddle with just a three-point lead.
The home side began to gather some momentum in the second term, as stars Riley Brooks and Tyrone Downie started to get busy.
The Hawks held Moama goal-less while booting two majors of their own to open up a 15-point buffer by the main break.
Both sides traded blows in the second half, kicking five goals apiece in a see-sawing finish to the game.
However, the damage was done — a strong second quarter from Barooga was enough to get it over the line by 11 points.
Matthew Demaio was the star forward for the Hawks. He booted three goals and was his side’s only multiple goal-kicker.
Downie and Brooks continued their strong start to the year, while Callum Leighton-Daly worked his way back into his early season from.
Stars Luke Dunham and Rhys Archard again flew the flag for Moama.
The win leaves Barooga one win clear of Nathalia at the top of the table, with a 7-1 record.
The Hawks will meet Finley this weekend is what promises to be another solid hit-out.