A THIRD-quarter blitz of six goals paved the way for the Cardiff Hawks' 30-point victory over Warners Bay on Saturday in Black Diamond AFL.
The scores with locked at 36-all at half-time but the Hawks lifted to kick five ahead of the Bulldogs to eventually win 14.10 (94) to 9.10 (64) at Bill Elliott Oval.
The Bulldogs came into the game in second spot and looked a massive chance of breaking Cardiff's seven-match winning streak.
But the defeat has dropped the Bulldogs to fifth spot behind Killarney Vale, who beat Wyong Lakes 16.24 (120) to 8.7 (55), and Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City, who both had byes.
Cardiff player-coach Michael Ryan and Cameron Jones both kicked three majors, while NSW representative Liam Gibson was outstanding in the middle of the park.
Full forward Brad Williams was the best for the Bulldogs, potting three majors.
In the only other match of the round the Gosford Tigers flogged Lake Macquarie 21.10 (136) to 5.9 (39) at Tulkaba Park.