Hawks clip Eagles’ wings to advance

September 04, 2017

Too good: Lucas Olson (Barooga) takes a grab above Echuca United's Tom McMinn. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Celebrated in style: Barooga's Shaun Robbins is chaired off after a successful 150th game. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Lock it in: Barooga advanced after defeating Echuca United on Saturday, with Lachlan Brown one of the better performers. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Going nowhere: Barooga duo Glenn Nye and Ricky Thomson wrap up Echuca United's Lance Oswald. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Barooga had no issues casting aside a hapless Echuca United outfit on Saturday, with 11 players slotting goals in the huge Murray Football League elimination final victory.

After a tight first term, the Hawks booted 14 majors to just two to take full control of the contest and power away to a 98-point win.

Lucas Olson was again outstanding up forward, creating plenty of opportunities for his teammates and kicking a pair of goals himself.

Spiro Vourgaslis took full advantage of Olson’s dominance to manage five majors, while Tim Brooks and Will Gorman also finished with two goals apiece.

‘‘It was a good result for us today to get our finals campaign under way with a win,’’ Barooga co-coach Tyrone Downie said.

‘‘The first quarter wasn’t too bad, but we opened the game up after that and had a really good spread across the board.

‘‘Our backline was great to keep them to just four goals and our midfield won the battle.’’

Downie, along with fellow co-coach James Hazelman, were among the better performers on the ground, while Lachlan Brown and ruckman Brodie A’Vard stood out as well.

Hawks stalwart Shaun Robbins was all smiles after the game as he was chaired off in his 150th appearance.

Robbins has been an almost permanent fixture in Barooga’s senior side since joining the club in 2008, and is affectionately known around the club as ‘‘Big Sexy’’.

Duane Hueston’s 200th game milestone did not go as planned, but the evergreen veteran was named his side’s best player on an otherwise dark day.

Brayden Worsnop, Dean Moon, Marcus Roberts and Lance Oswald also battled hard all day, with Farran Priest, Anthony McMahon, Nic Denahy and Phil Hubbard providing the Eagles with their four goals for the match.

Despite the way Echuca United finished the season (with five goals in two games), the club has taken a monumental step forward this year, and will again be a force to be reckoned with after getting another pre-season under the belts of its young stars.

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