Hawks, Cats fighting for one spot

Tom Gawthrop (Shawn Smits)

Tara Murray

The finals race remains alive in the Riddell District Football League with two rounds remaining.

Woodend-Hesket and Macedon will fight for the fifth and final spot in finals.

The Hawks have moved into the top five after a low scoring affair with the Melton Centrals on Saturday.

Neither team was able to heavily impact the scoreboard all day, with the Hawks leading from start to finish to win 6.9 (45)-3.6 (24).

The Hawks scored three goals to one in the second half, which proved to be the difference.

It was all single goal kickers for the Hawks, with Frank Fazzolari, James Hicks and Miles Miranda named their best.

For the Centrals, Kirk Fenton and Connor Charge were named their best.

The win was the Hawks 34 points, with six wins and a draw.

They moved two points clear of Macedon, which suffered a big loss to Wallan on Saturday.

The Magpies, who have secured a top three spot, had it all their own way in the 23.11 (149)-4.1 (25) win with the Cats struggled for numbers in recent weeks.

Matthew Perri kicked nine goals in a best on ground performance for the Magpies.

He now sits 11 goals clear of teammate Corey Grindlay in the league goal kicking award.

For the Cats, Matthew Knox and Karl Staudt were named their best.

The Cats have the bye this week, which will give them four important points in the run home.

They then face a win less Western Rams in the final round of the season.

The Hawks have a tougher run home and will need to be at their best if they’re to play finals for the first time in a number of years.

They play Wallan this weekend, before hosting Romsey in the final round of the season.

In other results on the weekend, Diggers Rest was too strong for the Western Rams with a 21.16 (142)-3.3 (21).

The Burras led by 10 points at quarter time after not making the most of their scoring shots.

They were able to open the game up in the second quarter with five goals to nil, before increasing the lead throughout the second half.

Marcus Calvaresi kicked five goals in the win for the Burras. Luke Delahey was named best on ground.

For the Rams, Ricky Cameron was named their best.

Romsey locked in fourth spot with a big win against Lancefield.

The Redbacks controlled the game from start to finish, in the 16.22 (118)-5.1 (31) win.

Dean Walsh kicked four goals in the win for the Redbacks with Nathan Rayment being named their best.

For the Tigers, Joseph Slattery and Benjamin Bryant were named their best.

Riddell had the bye.

This coming Saturday, Diggers Rest hosts Lancefield, Wallan hosts Woodend-Hesket, Riddell will take on the Western Rams and Romsey will face the Melton Centrals.