QUARTER BY QUARTER
Q1 Luke Turner is hospitalised two minutes into the match after a clash of heads. In only his fifth senior football game, basketballer Liam Meyrich soccers through the opening goal five minutes in. Michael Grozdanovski takes a superb mark and goals for Inverleigh before the siren. Adrian Fantella collects 11 of his eventual 28 disposals in the opening term while Will Hamer keeps the Hawks alive in the middle.
Q2 Casey Meehan fires back for the Hawks with a goal in the opening minute. However, it is the Jayden Ettridge show from then on as the second-year Panther kicks three goals in six minutes. Joel Page joins the party 40 seconds later before Matt Lentini makes it five in a row for the Panthers. A few Hawks find some footy this quarter in Dalton Grundell (10 disposals), Michael Best (8) and Nathan Mayes (7). Jak Kennedy-Hunt kicks his first major on halftime.
Q3 Still an arm-wrestle . Ettridge kicks the first and last goals of the term to bring his tally to six goals. Caleb Bacely finds plenty of footy in a purple 10-minute patch and Jake Barlow swings back to fill in for Tim Barton (corky). Two goals to Kennedy-Hunt brings him to 110 from 16 games.
Q4 A superb set up from Mayes finds Rob Logue for goal to trim the margin to 19 points. Blake Hutchinson is then tripped and Bacely is reported and yellow-carded. Nick Costello kicks his second goal. Kennedy-Hunt is crunched in a contest and suffers injuries and goes to hospital with suspected chest/rib injuries. Hawk Ryan Soldic kicks his second major but Logue is denied the same feat when Cam Addie takes a captain’s mark in the last line of defence. Barlow kicks another two majors before Mitch Gavin kicks the game’s final goal at the 33rd minute.
Daniel Walve grabs Nick Walsh. Picture: GLENN FERGUSON