HUNTLY continued its quality 2017 season with a 123-point demolition of Elmore in the Heathcote and District Netball League.
The Hawks, locked into fourth place on the HDFL ladder, entered the contest looking to keep their brilliant form going, and wasted little time in disposing of the Bloods, who have won just three games for the year.
Star forward Harry Whittle led the Hawks with 10 goals, his second massive return in as many weeks after an eight-goal haul against Mount Pleasant in round 16.
For Elmore, it was another disappointing day highlighting the big discrepancy between it and the Heathcote league’s experienced sides.
Huntly flew out of the blocks to build a strong lead by quarter-time, 28-points ahead by the first change with the Bloods immediately on the back foot.
But the Hawks were just getting started, and smashed their opponents with nine goals to zero in the second quarter, 82-points up at the half with the game all but over.
Looking to restore some respectability to the scoreline, Elmore lifted in the third quarter to take the game up to the Hawks, making a fair share of the play and outscoring them by a goal in the term.
Still 77 points down at three-quarter-time, Huntly had plenty left in the tank and ran over the top of the Bloods in the last with another nine goals, running away winners 27.16 (178) to 8.7 (55).
James Harney was a key contributor for the Bloods with three goals, taking his season tally to 36, while Luke Price was named the side’s best player after a performance including two goals.
Other standouts were Travis Mills, Tyler Oliver, Nick Page, Mackenzie Whittle and Steven Carmody.
Huntly’s recent form has been some of the best in the league, regularly dismantling teams with losses only to Colbinabbin and Leitchville-Gunbower in the last six games.
Elmore’s season wraps up at home next weekend, hosting North Bendigo in what is one of the more difficult current match-ups in the HDFL.
■ELMORE A grade had a tough task against ladder thirds Huntly in the Heathcote and District Netball League on Saturday.
They went down by 21 goals at Huntly and will have one final chance at a win this weekend against North Bendigo at home.
North Bendigo was sitting one win above Elmore on the ladder in seventh and both would be eager for victory to end the year.