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Drysdale almost pulled off the upset of the Bellarine Football League season with a superb effort against undefeated side Barwon Heads.
The Hawks led by 16 points at quarter time, but a scoreless second term was their undoing. The Heads slammed on five goals to lead at the long break by three goals.
Both sides kicked two goals in the third quarter with the Seagulls leading by 20 points at the final change, and the Hawks reduced the margin to 18 at the final siren.
Mitchell O’Dowd was Drysdale’s best player while Daniel Jull, Seb Wild, Kyle Davis and Adam Nolan were good contributors. Josh Rushton and Will McGregor kicked two goals each.
Portarlington was given a footy lesson by last season’s runner-up Modewarre.
Modda led by 35 points at quarter time although Port stemmed the tide in the second term, with both sides scoring only one goal each.
Modda slammed on six goals in the third term and Port was able to hit the scoreboard three times, but a 58-point defecit was too much with Modda running out winners 16.17.113 to 5.7.37.
Steve Hicks was a bright light for the Dees with three goals while Sean Lucas, Chris Daniele, Nick Daniele, Will Foott and Jacob Foot were tireless workers.
In the reserves, Drysdale and Portarlington are fairing much better than their senior counterparts. The Hawks are in 5th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 119.23 while the Demons are one rung below on the same number of wins and a percentage of 117.31.
The Hawks beat Barwon Heads on the weekend by 29 points with Alex Hamilton, Nick Moriarty, Tim Hebbard, Sam Edwards, Matt Pigott and Liam Walder starring in the win.Portarlington lost to Modewarre by 30 points, but Ethan Wright, Joel Winberg, Jake Heard, Joel Trezise, Shane Wiffen and Sam Beeston stuck to their guns.

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