Good teams have a knack of winning ugly.
And that is exactly what Murray League leader Barooga is doing at the moment.
The Hawks overcame another slow start to finish 8.14 (62) to 7.8 (50) winners over Finley.
The win kept Barooga as the standalone leader in the competition with eight wins and just one loss.
A tight first quarter saw Barooga slip behind by one goal at the first break.
The Hawks managed to wrestle some momentum back in the second term as prime movers Brodie A'Vard and Callum Leighton-Daly took a stranglehold on the game.
Finley wasted some opportunities at the other end, which allowed Barooga to edge out to a 10-point half-time lead.
The third term was much like the first two, as both sides attempted to gain the ascendency.
Finley booted three goals to Barooga’s two, setting up a tantalising last quarter.
The last term ebbed and flowed as Barooga tried to hold off a rampant and desperate Cats line-up.
Eventually, the Hawks did enough to hold on to their slender lead and register a 12-point win.
Leighton-Daly and A’Vard were good all day, while Will Gorman and Jake Russell continued some hot form.
Matt Demaio was the only multiple goal-kicker for the Hawks, backing up his haul of three from last week.
The Hawks will face battling Tungamah next week in what shapes as a David versus Goliath match-up.
The underdog will be looking to get its season back on track after managing just a single win in seven games.