KIEWA-Sandy Creek remains the only undefeated team in the Tallangatta and District league after holding off reigning premier Barnawartha by five points at Barnawartha on Saturday.
The Hawks led by as much as 42 points before the home team stormed home with a trademark late burst to almost pinch a spectacular victory.
Coach Ryan Richardson said he was proud of his way his charges regrouped in the final quarter after being outscored 5.4 to 0.1 during the third term, hanging on to celebrate Marc Lewis’ 200th game in fine Hawks style.
“Barny just don’t stop and they never give in,” Richardson said.
“I knew they were going to come at us at half-time and they did.
“They beat us 15-3 in the clearances in the third quarter and absolutely smashed us, but it was really good to fight back in the last quarter and win a close one.
“It was a cracker of a game.”
Kiewa-Sandy Creek had plenty of fine contributors with Trent Turner winning plenty of the ball and Leigh Cameron proving a constant headache for the Tiger defence with five goals.
Mal Vogel and Luke Norton-Smith also turned in strong performances.
Defender Adam Telford negated Barnawartha dangerman Josh Spence, with the home team having to rely heavily on Cameron McNeill and Jarrod Williams to score.
“It was a good experience for the group to hold on to a game like that,” Richardson said.
“They threw everything at us and I think six goals would have been kicked in the last four minutes of the game.”
Mitta United overcame an early challenge from Wahgunyah to win by 47 points at Wahgunyah.
The Lions led by six points at quarter-time through the efforts of Liam Tobias, Aaron Robins and James Wilson but were unable to sustain the effort and fell off the pace.
Tyson and Jarrod Gorupic fired for Mitta United with support coming from Danny Hales and Ed Turnbull, who limited the output of dangerous Wahgunyah duo Nick Brockley and Heath Northey.
“Wahgunyah hit us hard early and played well but we kept at it,” Mitta United coach Clinton Gilson said.
“It was a good win as I think Wahgunyah will be around the mark.”
Tallangatta turned in a strong performance to account for Yackandandah by 53 points.
Hopper Aaron Downie was everywhere for the Hoppers while Jacob Wood and Kyle Lieschke also played major roles in the club’s second win of the season.
Jay Dale was best for Yackandandah.
It was a good experience for the group to hold on to a game like that. They threw everything at us.