Wodonga Raiders' captain Brad St John showed class on and off the field against Wangaratta Rovers on Saturday.
St John nailed the match-winning goal from 40m on a tight angle.
Given he had missed his 12 previous shots at goal this season, had just won a match which is likely to prove crucial for finals and beaten his former mentor Daryn Cresswell, some might have got carried away.
"Like so many of the boys from our group, we're such good mates with 'Crezza' and we appreciate what he's done for us the last four years," he said.
Cresswell had his players locked away for around 20 minutes after the game and was his straight shooting self.
"I didn't think our senior players were great late to be honest, I thought they really let us down in showing us the road we needed to go," he said.
"Obviously 'Gatto' (Shane Gaston) going down really hurt us, he was fantastic in the ruck."
Gaston was forced off in the second term with a neck issue after a heavy collision, but he received good news with the scan and could face Yarrawonga after the bye.
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Rovers went into the game without six automatic selections and it cost them.
"At the end of the day mate, we probably just don't know how to win games of footy just yet," Cresswell said.
The Hawks will be hoping Coen Hennessy, Charlie Thompson, Tom McCaffrey, Sean O'Keeffe, Ryan Cobain and co-captain Michael Clark are all available at the one time.
Clark injured the scaphoid bone in his right hand against Myrtleford on Easter Sunday.
"I'm about to get another scan, but not much is showing up, I've got to have the cast on for another couple of weeks," he said.
Lavington star Nick Meredith has been charged with rough conduct against rep team-mate Mark Whiley from Saturday's game against Yarrawonga.
Meredith has been offered a two-match penalty and has until 10am on Tuesday to accept the ban.
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