Hawks knock off Penshurst on way to fourth spot | Mininera and District Football League

BEST ON GROUND: Tatyoon's Nathan Braddock looks for an option during the round nine match against Penshurst on Saturday. Picture: Tracey Kruger
BEST ON GROUND: Tatyoon's Nathan Braddock looks for an option during the round nine match against Penshurst on Saturday. Picture: Tracey Kruger

Tatyoon was back to its dominant best, defeating the Bombers by 35 points in its Mininera and District Football League round nine match at Penshurst on Saturday.

The up and down Hawks got off to a strong start, kicking four goals in the opening quarter to Penshurst’s one.

The home team struggled to deal with Tatyoon’s pressure around the ground, as the Hawks took a 19-point lead into quarter-time.

The game continued in much the same way in the second term with the Hawks continuing to pressure the Bombers whenever they were in possession.

The Hawks continued to create chances in front of goal with the visitors improving on their first-quarter efforts to kick six majors for the term to extend its lead to 41 points at the long break.

The Bombers came out of the rooms fired up and it showed in the third quarter, as their intensity lifted.

The home team matched the Hawks’ effort and it paid off, winning the quarter three goals to two to give the Bombers a sniff.

The match opened up in the final quarter, as both teams were able to score a little easier.

Penshurst was unable to close the gap, as both teams finished with four goals for the quarter, giving Tatyoon the 16.7.103 to 10.8.68 victory.

Mitch Cronin led the way for Tatyoon with five goals while Nathan Braddock chimed in with three majors of his own.

Braddock was named best on ground for the Hawks ahead of Lachie Marr and Tim McDougall.

Tim McGregor was the Bombers’ main threat up forward, finishing with four goals.

The win moves the Hawks up into fourth spot, ahead of Penshurst in fifth position by percentage.

The Hawks will be hoping the win gets their season back on track after an up and down start in the first half of the year.

Tatyoon will be hoping to keep that winning momentum going against SMW Rovers in round 10 on their home ground. If they get the points, it will be the first time this season they will have won consecutive matches.