By Lance Jenkinson
Glen Orden has relinquished top spot in Western Region Football League division 3 after a disappointing 13-point loss to new ladder leader Albanvale at Heathdale Oval on Saturday.
The Hawks burst out of the blocks fast to lead by 30 points at quarter-time, but it all turned pear-shaped after that.
The Phil Crea-coached Hawks kicked only a further three goals across the final three quarters to be over-run.
Dillon Hinge booted three goals for the Hawks, while Corey Mackey and Bailey James added two each.
Hawks playing assistant coach Ash Peters was named best for his side.
After being perched on top of the ladder since round four, Glen Orden will be forced to work hard in the final two rounds to finish in the top two and grab a double chance.
In hot pursuit of the Hawks is Sunshine Heights, which trails only on percentage.
Glen Orden and Sunshine Heights will clash at Ainsworth Reserve on Saturday in a game that could decide which team finishes second.
Fourth-placed Tarneit is still a mathematical chance of a top-two finish after a hard-fought 24-point win over Laverton.
Wyndham Suns continued their late-season resurgence with a 15-point win over Braybrook.
In division 1, Werribee Districts hammered Point Cook by 128 points.
Hoppers Crossing had a comfortable 63-point win over Caroline Springs.
In division 2, Point Cook Centrals lost by 22 points to Yarraville Seddon.
Despite the loss, the Sharks all but claimed a finals berth after Newport’s shock loss to West Footscray.
Wyndhamvale freshened up with the bye.