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'Ugly' win to Barooga Hawks

Barooga wins at home against Numurkah in a less than convincing fashion, taking a 13-point victory.

ROB HENSON May 21, 2014 3:09am

Sky high: Barooga's James Philpot rises for the ball up.

Barooga fans will be re-growing their fingernails this week after escaping with an ‘‘ugly’’ win against a resurgent Numurkah at home on Saturday.

The Hawks came out swinging in the first quarter and looked dominant all over the park, in speed, strength and possessions.

But Numurkah had enough accuracy in front of goal to go into the first break with a five-point lead.

For the next quarter-and-a-half the Hawks took it up a gear, scoring 10 consecutive goals, with their lead stretching out to 47 points.

To the visitors’ credit they fought back hard at the end of the third and fourth quarters, assisted by a now tired Barooga outfit.

Thomas Motlop did most of the damage for the Blues, top-scoring with three goals.

Barooga ran out of run and the Numurkah bench’s cheers got louder and louder, as the score whittled down to eight points.

Numurkah’s Brent Chapman had a chance to get it down to two points with two minutes remaining, but his challenging set shot didn’t have the power to reach goal.

Barooga’s Davin Hall — who top scored for the Hawks with six goals — then sealed the victory at the other end with seconds to spare with another trademark crumb and snap kick.

Barooga coach Leigh Ramsdale said his side’s structure slipped towards the latter stages of the fixture, not helped by early injuries.

‘‘We played some good footy, obviously towards the end of the first and probably the second quarter,’’ Ramsdale said.

‘‘But very disappointed about the last quarter-and-a-half, structure wise. The game was on and we ran out of legs a little bit.

‘‘We lost a couple players early, in the rotation. Dylan Brooks did his right knee in the warm-up and Kieran Hill late in the game.

‘‘Matt and Beau Nixon I thought were great, and Marcus Smith and James Philpot worked hard all day too.’’

The coach said he was happy in the end to ‘‘get an ugly win’’.

‘‘That’s what it was, we could have put them to bed earlier than we did.’’

Now placed third on the ladder, the Hawks travel away in two weeks to defend their top-four status against fifth-placed Finley.

With confidence and this weekend’s interleague bye, Barooga would be tipped to win this encounter

Tigers are still winless

After being demolished by Finley the week prior, Cobram lost by 27 goals to Rumbalara on Saturday.

There were signs of improvement on the scoreboard as the Tigers climbed their way steadily over four quarters to 64 points (9.10). But it wasn’t enough to match Rumbalara’s 226 (34.22).

Nicolas Bacchetto, Clake Knight and Jye Latessa each took a brace, while Scott Spencer, Chris Lambert and Michael Gillard claimed a goal each.

Clinton Lambert claimed the points for best-on-ground, followed by Paul Diretto and Dean Norris.

Cobram after the bye should have an easier task against ninth-placed Congupna who have only had one more more victory than the winless Tigers.

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