Henwood Park clinched a free pass in the upcoming Pascoe Cup finals series after handing cross-town rivals Tolland a 6-0 shellacking on Saturday night.
It was a case of sweet vengeance for Ryan McKenzie’s men as the Hawks reversed the scoreline from their earlier encounter – a 6-1 loss to the Wolves back in June – and made a timely return to the winners’ circle.
“The first half was a bit of a grind but we started getting balls to feet in the second half and we put some consistent pressure on Tolland’s defence,” McKenzie said.
“Obviously they gave us a bit of a hiding last time out, so it’s a fantastic way to go into finals.”
Star striker Jake Ploenges got the Hawks on the scoreboard early in the piece, slotting two goals in a first half cameo before being subbed off at the break.
Henwood Park looked to stretch the 2-0 margin after oranges and pressed on with earnest, finding the net four more times in an inspired performance.
Former captain-coach Matt Menser showed his pedigree with a brace in the second half while Nathan Bowman joined the party with his first goal of the season.
McKenzie rounded at the scorers with his 10th goal since joining Henwood Park at the start of the season and he’s excited at the prospect of a week’s respite before diving into the playoffs.
“We’ve got a few sore bodies to look after so the break will be good for us to refresh before we go out to Leeton,” McKenzie said.
Meanwhile, Tolland will have just six days to lick their wounds before taking on Wagga United in next week’s elimination final at Rawlings Park.
Leeton United and Young Lions are set to meet in the other elimination final.
Minor premiers Lake Albert will enjoy the week off alongside Henwood Park.
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