K rock Football

Eight-straight for Hawks

Drysdale players celebrate a Tom Ruggles goal in the win over Modewarre. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DRYSDALE has survived a final quarter barrage from Modewarre to maintain its unbeaten start to the BFL season.

Leading by 50 points at three-quarter time, the Hawks’ margin was cut to 19 at the final siren after the Warriors slammed on six goals to one in the last term at Mortimer Oval.

Co-coach Ben Carmichael admits it wasn’t how they wanted to finish the 18.14 (122) to 16.7 (103) victory.

“It’s a little disappointing, but we’d done the heavy lifting early,” he said.

“Those good sides are always going to come back at you.

“They’re a quality side Modewarre, and we knew at some stage they’d show something.

“They really came at us hard in that last quarter.”

In the second quarter, Drysdale set up the victory with a six-goal burst, which turned a three-goal deficit into a 22-point half-time lead.

A further six-goals-to-three in the third quarter should have put the game beyond doubt.

“It’s good that we can string goals together like that,” Carmichael said.

“Matty Gunn kicked four again, and he’s been really important to the way we play this year.

“If he’d kicked straight, he probably could have kicked seven or eight.

“And ‘Ruggs’ (Tom Ruggles) was back down forward, so we had multiple looks, which was really good.”

Matt Piggott’s impressive season continued, with athletic ruck a standout for Drysdale.

“Every year, he seems to be improving,” Carmichael said. “He’s a quality ruckman.

“We’re grateful to have him. He’s a real workhorse, and he does a fantastic job.”

Ben Fennell is likely to have again produced a performance that will attract Ash Medal votes from the umpires, while captain Mitch McGuire was his usual ball-winning self in the midfield.

Tom Hornsey (seven), Aaron Black (four) and Connor Joseph (three) combined for 11 of Modewarre’s 16 goals.

Drysdale will look to keep a perfect record through the opening half of the season when it meets Newcomb in a night game at Grinter Reserve on Saturday night.

Modewarre will make the trip to Portarlington with the aim of staying in touch with the top three.

In other games, Anglesea stayed within touch of the top five with a crucial 14-point win over Newcomb at Ellimatta Reserve.

Leading by just a point at the final change, the Roos kicked six goals to the Power’s four to claim a 12.13 (85) to 11.5 (71) victory.

Veteran Ryan Williams’ solid run in front of goal continued with five majors for Anglesea, while Andrew Steele did all he could to lift the visitors over the line with a seven-goal haul taking him to 27 for the season.

Geelong Amateur moved back into the top five with a 19-point win over Ocean Grove at KFC Oval, 10.15 (75) to 8.8 (56).

Ammos had nine individual goalkickers for the afternoon, with Evan Farley the only player to kick two.

James Paterson finished with three goals for the Grubbers, who would need to win at least eight of their remaining ten games to snatch fifth spot.

Torquay maintained second spot with an 82-point win over Queenscliff at McCartney Oval, 22.14 (146) to 9.10 (64).

Veteran skipper Ben Raidme starred with six goals, while Weylin Doyle and Cooper Heard booted four majors.

Jordy McIvor-Clark managed two goals for the Coutas, who dropped out of the top five.

Charlie Hurst kicked ten goals as Barwon Heads kicked a cricket score in beating Portarlington by 240 points, 40.24 (264) to 3.6 (24),

It was the Seagulls’ biggest win and highest score against the Demons in 106 BFL meetings.

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