By MARK HEENAN
PREMIERSHIP contenders Queenscliff delivered an ominous warning ahead of the BFL finals with a convincing 83-point win over Drysdale at Mortimer Oval in round 16.
The loss ended eighth-placed Drysdale’s faint hopes of making BFL finals with its 6-10 record.
The Coutas’ 14-goal away win on 23 July ensured Queenscliff overtook Geelong Amateur in top spot on the BFL ladder on percentage.
Both Queenscliff and Geelong Amateur shared a 14-2 record after 16 rounds.
Final scores Queenscliff 15.21 (111) to Drysdale 3.10 (28).
Only one goal was scored in the first quarter, but Queenscliff jumped Drysdale with an explosive six-goal second term and led the home side by 35 points at half-time.
The Coutas never looked back after the main break and kicked 9.11 compared to the Hawks 2.5.
Talented Drysdale midfielder Mitch McGuire, who kicked one goal, continued his strong season and was named the Hawks’ best player.
Queenscliff quartet Jayden Durran, Daniel Gibbs, Jason Graham and Cameron Hapgood all kicked two goals apiece.
IT was much a different story for Drysdale in the reserves grade, the Hawks edged out Queenscliff by 46 points.
Final scores Drysdale 12.6 (78) to Queenscliff 4.8 (32).
Hawk Aidan Bell kicked three goals, while team-mates Dylan Barmby, Mitchell Simmons and Nick Moriarty all snared two majors each.
The seven-goal plus win locked in a top-three finals berth for the Hawks.
After 16 rounds, Drysdale had 12 wins and four losses.
Third-placed Drysdale bridged a three-game over nearest rival Portarlington in fourth spot, who had a 9-7 record.
In the under-18 Colts Division 2 clash, Drysdale Wilson and Lara 1 played out an exciting draw at Mortimer Oval.
Final scores Drysdale Wilson 8.4 (52) to Lara 7.10 (52).
Hawk Tom Randone kicked four goals, while team-mate Chris Dinneen snared two majors.
In the under-18 Division 4 game, Drysdale 2 defeated Geelong Amateur 2 in a thriller by five points at Mortimer Oval.
Final scores Ocean Grove 8.3 (51) to Geelong Amateur 5.16 (46).
It was a stunning come-from-behind win for the Hawks who trailed at every change, but overcame the inaccurate Amateur in the end.
Zak Bellman kicked three goals for the Hawks.
BFL SENIOR SCOREBOARD
QUEENSCLIFF 15.21 (111) d
DRYSDALE 3.10 (28)
Goals: S. Edwards, T. Bonner, M. McGuire.
Best: M. McGuire, J. Rushton, T. McGuire, B. Ryan, J. Jenkins, D. Jull.