Revenge never tasted so sweet for Barooga.
After suffering an agonising two-point defeat at the hands of the Numurkah in round four, the Hawks were able to turn the tables on their close rivals and record a comeback triumph of their own.
‘‘It is a really good confidence booster for the boys,’’ co-coach Tyrone Downie said.
‘‘Obviously they beat us by two early in the year in a great contest, so it was good to get one back in another great contest.
‘‘It’s always better to win the close ones than lose them, and we’d probably lost all the close ones during the year, so it was good to finally get one.’’
Barooga had lost all three of its matches decided by less than three goals up until Saturday’s game and was again on the back foot when it was a goal behind at the final change.
But the Hawks, thanks largely to Tom Wilkinson (five goals) and Lucas Olson (four), rallied to take victory and in the process drag themselves back into third place on the ladder.
‘‘We started well and dropped off, but it was important that we got the win,’’ Downie said.
‘‘Obviously there was a strong breeze, but we led early kicking into it and were able to use it in the last.
‘‘It was pleasing that we’ve been playing the kids for the past few weeks and they’re starting to feel like they belong with the group, it’s showing in their footy.’’
Ricky Thomson hurt his shoulder in the second term and did not return to the field, while Shaun Robbins also finished the game worse for wear.
While they almost snatched a win, Numurkah co-coach Chris O’Dwyer thought his side would have been undeserving if it had done so.
‘‘I think the first half we were pretty flat,’’ he said.
‘‘The second half was a commendable and gutsy effort, but in the end they deserved the win and we didn’t.’’
O’Dwyer put the poor start down to poor preparation for his troops, who may have let last week’s win against Nathalia go to their heads.
‘‘Our approach at training this week was very cavalier,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re a blue collar side, we’re not good enough that we can go in at 90 or even 95 per cent against sides like Barooga.
‘‘But we’ll go back and work on that over the bye and we’ll front up after it with a fresh outlook.’’
Mitch Price battled hard all day with Brodie A’Vard in a match up O’Dwyer described as ‘‘one for the footy purists’’, while Tim Arnel and Brad Vassal also performed well.
Both teams will relish the opportunity for a rest with a bye next week.