Another week of local football saw a spate of Hawks don their local guernseys for big wins, surprise loses, face-offs against familiar opponents and well-deserved accolades.
In the Victorian Amateur Football Association, Ned Reeves and St. Kevin’s were dealt an uncharacteristic defeat at the hands of the University Blues; while Sam Parsons was amongst the best in the Collegians 9-point victory over Old Xaverians.
Geordie Nagle, Lachlan Walker and Harrison Burt were part of an impressive De La Salle outfit who took the four points over Old Scotch, with Walker contributing a goal to the effort and Nagle landing himself amongst the best.
It was an outstanding week for Nagle, who was named the Grill’d Rising Star nominee for the round, off the back of the 47-point win. Praised for his work ethic and professionalism, Nagle’s strength overhead paired with his ability to run and distribute has seen him become an invaluable defender – the recognition only capping his VAFA Under 19 honours, which included vice captaincy, as well as selection in the Young Guns Series this season.
In the Eastern Football League, Norwood accounted for Knox with ease, running out 115-point victors. The win came courtesy of a best on ground performance from Tom Maloney, and able support from Stuart Horner and Nelson Lane, the former also named amongst the best.
Mackenzie Doreian and his Blackburn teammates took bragging rights over East Ringwood and their Box Hill contingent, with the 10-goal win going the way of the Panthers. For the victors, Mackenzie Doreian was amongst the best; while for East Ringwood, Tristan Tweedie booted three goals, Tristan Davies and Leigh Osborne were among the best, and Liam Jeffs and Reece Groves battled valiantly all day.
James Locke hit the scoreboard, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as his Doncaster East side went down to Upper Ferntree Gully; while over in the Northern Football League, a performance which saw him featured amongst the best from Jesse Cucinotta, helped Heidelberg to a 28-point triumph over Hurstbridge.
Off the back of two standout performances unfortunately it wasn’t to be for a third week running, as Billy Murphy and his Greensborough side fell short against the top of the table Macleod, in spite of another solid effort from Murphy who put through two goals and was again among the best.