A FRUSTRATED East Wagga-Kooringal coach Gavin McMahon says his team needs to start producing four-quarter games if it wants to have a serious crack at the Farrer League premiership.
His message came after the Hawks rolled The Rock-Yerong Creek by 41 points at Victoria Park on Saturday.
EWK was slow off the blocks and found itself two goals down at the end of a lacklustre opening quarter.
The Hawks rallied to claw the margin back by half time and a six-goal third term set up the 12.11 (83) to 6.6 (42) win.
McMahon was happy enough to take the four competition points but admitted the inconsistency in EWK's game is haunting him.
"We were slow to get going...it was a bit disappointing but at the end of the day we took our (win-loss) record to four and three and I'll take that," McMahon said.
"It was the same old story really - our average footy was very bad but our good footy was great.
"The gap between our best and worst is far too big.
"There wasn't many guys you could say played well for four quarters."
"It was the same old story really - our average footy was very bad but our good footy was great."Gavin McMahon
McMahon refused to be all doom and gloom about the result.
He was reasonably impressed with EWK's second half of football.
"Our ability to stick at it when things weren't going our way was good to see," he said.
"It's a fairly new side and we're continuing to learn and evolve week by week."
The win also handed EWK the perpetual Mark "Grunter" O'Leary Cup for the first time in honour of the former player.
Running midfielders Ben Abolsum and Stu Brierty were both good for the Hawks but McMahon admitted he had struggled to pick six players for the best.
Full forward Marc Geppert bagged four goals.
A sour note to the day for the Hawks was a broken collarbone to Alex Jones in reserve grade.
McMahon admitted Jones had been on the fringe of a call-up to first grade but his chances of playing have been shattered by the injury.