EAGLEHAWK celebrated the return of Brodie Filo to Canterbury Park with a thumping 116-point win over sixth-placed Maryborough on Saturday.
The 2015 Michelsen Medallist nailed three majors including the goal-of-the-day when he took a handball off-load from skipper Brodie Collins and banged home a 52m shot from a handful of steps.
Filo finished with three majors and was one of the Hawks 10 goalkickers on the day.
Coach Travis Matheson agreed with the goal-of-the-day nomination and said the acquisition of Filo was a real bonus for the club.
"We'll definitely benefit from his input and it will also work to our benefit when opposition clubs have to put a top player on him, free-ing up Gedd Hommelhoff and Riley Saunders and other running players for us," Matheson said.
Matheson also praised Maryborough's effort, particularly in the first half, referring back to round three and how the Hawks were forced to turn in a desperate last term to scrape home by 16 points.
On Saturday, Sam Harper and Saunders led the Hawks goal-scoring table with five and four goals respectively as the home team cruised to a 24.16 (160) to 6.8 (44) victory.
The big win bolstered the Hawks' percentage by 11.2% allowing them to squeeze past Golden Square and into third spot as the desperate run home to September, and the double chance in the finals, continues.
Eaglehawk virtually had the win parcelled up by quarter time with seven goals on the board and a lead of 26 points.
It took just two minutes for Ben McPhee to spear home the Hawks' first goal and when Hommelhoff, Brodie Collins, Saunders (2) and Harper were also on target the Hawks were away.
Skipper Coby Perry nailed Maryborough's first major at the 20-minute mark before Saunders drilled his third of the term inside the last 45 seconds.
The Magpies did add three goals straight in the second quarter with Brady Williams marking and kicking accurately at the town end while Chris Freeman added two more inside a minute.
But that was the end of Maryborough's goal flurry.
The Hawks speared home 12 of the match's last 13 majors with Harper and McPhee unstoppable in their front half.
Joel Mullen and Sam Thompson mopped up any attempted Magpie thrusts across half-back.
Maryborough's Jake Postle did land a wobbly shot at goal three minutes into the final quarter but it was the visitor's only second half major.
Meanwhile, the Eaglehawk blitz continued as the home team added 7.5 in the final term.
Harper deserved his best afield vote particularly when he converted at the Simpson's Road end with an around-the-corner kick from deep in a forward pocket.
A few moments earlier Saunders had drilled his fourth for the day courtesy of a 50m penalty.