Brilliant Hawks tame Tigers

PURRING: Eaglehawk coach Josh Bowe has his side firing on all cylinders leading into the BFNL finals.

PURRING: Eaglehawk coach Josh Bowe has his side firing on all cylinders leading into the BFNL finals.

Kyneton coach Luke Beattie was left with no doubt as to who is the best team in the BFNL this year after his Tigers copped a 67-point hiding from Eaglehawk on Saturday.

The Tigers led the top-of-the-table Hawks by 17 points at half-time, but the second half was a whitewash with the Borough adding 14.10 to 1.3 to win 18.15 (123) to 8.8 (56).

“Eaglehawk’s skills came to the fore in the second half,’’ Beattie said. “They’re the best I’ve seen. Even under pressure they didn’t miss targets. It’s the best ball movement I’ve seen for some time across the Bendigo league.

“In the first half we had pressure on the ball carrier and urgency around the stoppages, but once that dropped off a little bit in the second half they hurt us.”

The Hawks turned the game on its head with a breathtaking 10-goal to none third term.

“Their structuring and understanding of one another is exceptional,’’ Beattie said.

The Hawks had Ben McPhee and Sean Williams bag four goals each, while Riley Saunders continued his good form with three majors.

At the other end of the ground, the Hawks’ defence was miserly as they restricted the normally free-scoring Tigers to their lowest score of the season.  Kyneton star Ben Weightman was held to three goals, while Mitch Scholard didn’t trouble the scorers.

The victory all but sealed the minor premiership for the Borough. They play the bottom two sides Castlemaine and Maryborough in the final two rounds and it’s hard to see those sides getting near the Hawks.

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