Hallam has surged to the top of the Seymour Cup ladder after a merciless display against an under-strength Lyndhurst in its opening match of the preseason competition last night at Springvale Reserve.
Widely tipped to be one of the Division 3 frontrunners in 2017, the Hawks were clinical in the first three quarters, piling on the first 17 goals of the match en route to a 93-point victory.
Lyndhurst, however, showed tremendous spirit to overcome a scoreless first half and score three majors in the final term to reduce the final margin to below triple digits.
Earlier, a strong first term into the breeze set the tone for Carrum Patterson Lakes' 50-point triumph over Dandenong.
The Lions were in complete control from start to finish, with a seven-goal-to-one first half ensuring the game was theirs to lose. A spirited third-term fightback from the Redlegs made the contest interesting, but it wasn't enough as three final term goals to Carrum secured the result.