Undefeated Hawks cap historic year
DEANMILL Hawks’ back-to-back Colts Premierships courtesy of a comprehensive 76-point victory over Tigers, was made all the sweeter as they have now entered the Lower South West Football League history books by going through a season undefeated.
The Hawks’ 19.7 (121) to 4.11 (35) Grand Final victory at Imperials Oval on Saturday was clear vindication of their dominance in 2017 and as expected their key players were at the forefront of the triumph.
Their players orchestrated a constant flow of scoreboard pressure the Tigers outfit simply could not arrest despite their best efforts.
In ideal football conditions, Deanmill commenced the contest in emphatic style as they used their collective array of skills to open with a quick-fire four-goal surge.
The hot favourites utilised their exquisite ball skills to full advantage as they whisked the ball from defence to attack with full effect to have the Tigers on the chase.
Jaxon East, Rory Sparks and Jared Edgar spearheaded the early run forward while Joshua Decampo and Jack Kilrain provided rebound defence.
With the contest slipping away, the Tigers found some much-needed grit in the second term to assume some form of control.
Senior players Zane Russo, Jethro Namnik and Kurt Donohoe led the Tigers’ challenge as they collectively ensured their side retained possession leading to numerous forward moves.
Despite this charge, they simply could not land goals and disappointingly ended with a one goal, eight-point return for effort.
Blake East and Decampo were solid defenders for the Hawks in this period.
Leading by 24 points, the Hawks went about putting the game beyond doubt in a productive third term registering six majors.
Jaxon East and Sparks were in sensational touch while Jozef Parkinson, Edgar and Jacob Henry played prominent roles.
With the game in safe keeping, Deanmill finalised the job with a stirring seven-goal final term with Sparks continuing his best afield role with multiple majors.
Jared Edgar, from Deanmill, takes the mark over his opponent.
Cooper Sparks, from Deanmill, takes the mark over Nathan Walsh, from Tigers.
Rohan Barber, from Deanmill, gets the ball away from his Tigers opponents.
Nathan Walsh, from Tigers, tries to spoil Blake East, from Deanmill, as he goes up for a one-handed mark.
Nathan Walsh, from Tigers, looks to stop Jake Maloney, from Deanmill, who tries to get past him.