Winning games prior to Christmas has been a rarity in recent years for reigning CAW District premiers Kiewa, so to have one on the board in November is a plus for captain-coach Josh Bartel.
The Hawks took until round six to find their first win of the season and won the flag from sixth on the ladder.
After three washouts to start, Kiewa have split the last two games as Yackandandah got one back last week for the grand final defeat.
They face an in-form Baranduda at Kiewa on Saturday.
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"It's been tough to get settled, but all the boys have been keen to get to training," Bartel said.
"Baranduda are playing some really good cricket and it's going to be another good test."
Graeme Edwards has replaced Charlie Heffernan.
Elsewhere, Bethanga takes on Yackandandah, Eskdale welcomes Mount Beauty, while Barnawartha-Chiltern hosts Dederang.