East Wagga-Kooringal proved once again they are the class side of the competition defeating the Northern Jets 22.17 (149) to 3.6 (24) at Robertson Oval on Saturday.
In the first quarter the Jets looked menacing, with a solid tackle rate in the centre, team work from the backs that delivered them from serious grief and an abundance of opportunities in the attacking zone.
However, the undefeated side steam-rolled the Jets in the second quarter, extending a 19 point lead to 49 points, and continued the onslaught virtually unabated until the final horn.
The Hawks had the height advantage in the back line, winning challenges and working as a team unit to divert the ball forward.
The fourth quarter was most pleasing to Hawks coach Gavin McMahon, who was disappointed in his team’s efforts against The Rock-Yerong Creek last week where they allowed the opposition to encroach on their lead, ending the game with a five point gap.
“To kick eight-four to zip in the last quarter was a real credit to them, they’re really starting to come together,” McMahon said.
Northern Jets coach Darren Jackson was blown away by the callibre of the opposition.
“I don't think they would have had one passenger today, it’s unbelievable,” Jackson said.
Jackson conceded the Jets’ chances of qualifying for finals are slim now with Marrar ahead on percentages. The squad will use Saturday’s reality check as incentive to improve.
“We’ve got to catch up to their standard, we’ll be working on it for next season.”
Hawks coach Gavin McMahon dropped four apt players into reserves this week because key players have recovered from injury, providing those who made the cut with extra ammunition to perform.
“I dropped three or four blokes back into reserves who hadn’t done a lot wrong,” McMahon said.
“Those boys are forcing them to do well, or they’ll move on.”
East Wagga Kooringal
5.3, 11.9, 14.13, 22.17 (149)
2.2, 2.4, 3.6, 3.6 (24)
Goals: (East Wagga-Kooringal) Marc Geppert 5, Christian Kelly 4, Brocke Argus 3, Ryan Campbell 2, Nicholas Hull 2, Jake Robinson, Ben Absolum, Joe Scott, Nick Baggio, James Creasy, James Hodges (Northern Jets) Sam Fisher, Ciaran O'Rourke, Brad Moye
Best: (East Wagga-Kooringal) Nick Baggio, Jake Robinson, Brocke Argus, Luke Cuthbert, Blake Aichinger, James Creasy; (Northern Jets) Sam Fisher, Dane Keenes, Ned Fisher, Brad Moye, Ciaran O'Rourke, Mitchell Haddrill