Hawks take Numurkah to the cleaners

By Tyler Maher

Barooga has made a massive statement ahead of the last fortnight of Murray Football League regular season action.

The Hawks controlled the contest against Numurkah from the first bounce, but rammed home their ascendancy in the final term with six goals to none.

The match shaped as a solid dress rehearsal for next week’s top-of-the-table clash against Nathalia and the Hawks passed with flying colours.

‘‘I think (the big last quarter) was the most pleasing part,’’ Barooga co-coach James Hazelman said.

‘‘It has been a big weakness of ours, we haven’t been able to play four quarters a lot, so to be able to run it out the way we did was really pleasing.’’

Spiro Vourgaslis led the way in attack for the Hawks with five goals, followed closely by Cameron Cloke (four).

‘‘It was probably Spiro’s best game for the year,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘His pressure inside the forward 50 was great, he would have laid five or six tackles in the forward line and got the rewards from that.

‘‘He really set the scene for us, especially in that second quarter.’’

Cameron Sandral, Will Gorman, Callum Leighton-Daly, Jack O’Callaghan and Brendan Goesch also stood tall for the home side at Barooga Recreation Reserve, with the outfit’s attention turned firmly towards tackling the Purples next round.

‘‘We’ve obviously had a very good year to this point, but these two weeks were always going to be our toughest test,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘To tick Numurkah off this week was great, but obviously we know what Nathalia is capable of next week.

‘‘We’re looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can take our momentum into next week.’’

For the Blues, who have lost three matches in a row and dropped to fourth on the table, Nathan Hicks, Grant Gallus and Ben Gunning all kicked two majors.

Michael Griffiths and Beau McKeown also impressed for the visitors.