Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - BEYOND THE BOUNCE -

Lit­tle did any­one know that when the Un­der 16s ran onto the Drouin ground in very windy and de­cid­edly chilly con­di­tions just be­fore 9 o’clock on Satur­day morn­ing that they’d play in by far the best con­di­tions of the day.

The ground was firm and dry, some­thing that didn’t con­front play­ers in the other three games, and there were plenty of good pas­sages of fast, open foot­ball.

But the im­proved Hawks’ fourths weren’t able to pull off their first win, Maf­fra get­ting the bet­ter of the sec­ond half to score 6-2 to 35.

Drouin was best served by Lo­gan Cor­bet, Xavier Lafrantz, Jack Smith, Sam Den­nis, Jack Fraser and Kaleb Her­mansen. Her­mansen, Thomas Evans and Lach­lan Ja­goe kicked the goals.

The Hawks 3rds were again short of a full com­ple­ment with sev­eral play­ers dou­bling up af­ter the fourths.

Maf­fra was much stronger kick­ing 13-15 to 2-4.

The rain be­gan at half time dur­ing the game and by the end of it the sur­face started to chop up and be­come slip­pery and muddy.

Drouin’s goals were kicked by Ryan Tay­lor and Trent Kear­ney and the bet­ter play­ers were Re­gan Hodge, Kear­ney and Xavier Lafrantz.

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