Coaches Report – Round 4

Anzac Day Round 2019








Game Day Photos courtesy of Geoff Robinson

1st Grade

What a fantastic day that greeted the healthy crowd that turned out to see perhaps the biggest local rivalry in Black Diamond footy.

With a weekend off after a searching conditioning session under Clarkey on Thursday night, preparation was a little different and the feeling was somewhat subdued pre-game and it probably showed early with a fairly even first quarter. However that probably said more about Warners Bay’s intent than our endeavour which I couldn’t fault.

We were matching them on the inside and then exposing them on the spread but we just let ourselves down by a lack of polish by foot gifting them some easy goals and also making our forward entries rather lacklustre. Credit to the forwards however, led by Brandt Job and Izaac Hughes, for affording us a slender two-goal half-time lead.

The message at the main break was to not take the ball for granted and to reward ourselves by finishing off our hard work and cleaning up our forward entries. It was really pleasing to see this happen with the third quarter producing our most goals for the game and many other gettable shots. We were now getting the footy in there effectively and finished the game off well with a three-goal last quarter and a pretty convincing win.

Such was the focus on the improvement of our forward thrusts that for us to hold them goalless for the whole second half was really pleasing.

Deservedly, skipper Bryce Graetz won the ANZAC Medal for Best On Ground with a typically no-frills performance in the clinches that allowed our outside runners to come into the game. He also landed the Coach’s Best Award.

Declan “Bok Choy” Hoy-Maroney had his best game for the club and perhaps could have had the medal around his neck had he kicked straighter for goal. His work around the middle of the ground as a link-man gave us enormous drive between defence and attack. Deservingly, his peers recognised his efforts and duly awarded him Players’ Player.

Brandt Job also had his best game for the season so far with his work rate a feature and also hitting the scoreboard at some opportune times just before half-time and in the third quarter when the game was there to be won.

Marcus DeLeur put in another four-quarter performance in the middle along with Simon O’Brien, and Trent Thompson got himself into the game nicely helping out Regan Bowe in the ruck after Luke “Dubbo” Griffiths left the game with a rib injury early in the first quarter.

Standouts down back were Jack Pratt who positioned us beautifully by foot out of defence and Jared Campbell who slotted back into the side after a knee tweak picking up where he left off with numerous intercept marks, effective defensive rebounds and a courageous spoiling effort running back into their leading full forward when the game was well and truly over. More importantly, neither lost a one-on-one all day.

Young Daniel Robson in just his second game took home the Ironbark Hill 1%er Award mostly for his efforts across his first two games. He makes life difficult for opposition defenders with his pressure and energy and on a day when gratitude was the order of the day, he was super thankful for the opportunity to play in this game. He will only become a more dangerous player as he develops his offensive game and can impact the scoreboard.

We now have another longer-than-normal break until our next game against Nelson Bay up there on Saturday-week so we will recover well and train next week relishing the challenge of putting together another consistent four-quarter performance.


Cardiff: 13.14 – 92

Terrigal Avoca: 4.7 – 31


Goal Scorers: I. Hughes 4, B. Job 3, B. Graetz 2, T. Lashlie 2, J. Lennon, T. Thompson

Best Players:  B. Graetz, D. Hoy-Maroney, B. Job, M. DeLeur, J. Pratt, J. Campbell


ANZAC Medalist: Bryce Graetz

Coaches Best The Duke Hotel Voucher: Bryce Graetz 
1% IronBark Hill Voucher: Daniel Robson

Players Player: Declan Hoy-Maroney



The LadyHawks were keen as ever to play some footy after an extended break over Easter. Our commitment is showing more than ever with over 30 girls available for selection. Credit to those that didn’t play and were there supporting, running water, helping in the canteen and with bench rotations. This proves what a strong, connected team we are which didn’t need much to then get the girls prepared for our Anzac Day match. We asked our team to play with three words in mind: courage, sacrifice & mateship in honour of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Some spoke before the game about what Anzac Day means to them which really made everyone feel grateful to have the opportunity to play on such a special day at our home ground. With the biggest crowd the birds have ever played in front of and an inspiring pre game speech from Cookey about his history as captain and the rivalry with Warners Bay the birds were up and about.

The first quarter saw the back line working as hard as ever by not letting much get past them. Nicola Walker had her best game for the season along with Sam, Abbey, Eloise, Emma & Lulu working as one to rebound the ball down the wings. Taylah Wilks, Celeste & Hayley all kicked goals with Hayley especially showing she is a forward not to be missed for the LadyHawks in only her second game ever.

In the second quarter Warners Bay scored early bringing the margin back to just three goals. Arizona was looking dangerous as always at half forward scoring an early goal with Claudia & Tayla Grazules proving too good in their ruck and forward positions allowing solid clearances through the middle and Tayla G kicking two goals to answer back to the doggies.

Within the first minute of the third quarter Warners Bay had scored a goal and the LadyHawks knew this was when they needed to step up and show what this day was all about and what Cookey has been teaching us: hard, pressure and team footy. We answered back with four straight goals with more from Taylah Wilks, Hayley and two from Minerva. Hayley and Mins contested marks were outstanding. The way these girls lead and attacked the footy had the crowd wanting more. The forward line played the best this season playing on when needed, contested marks on the lead and settled kicks and set shots. Jas & Marnie creating options and more goals on the run came from Taylah & Min and two more from Hayley from all angles. Hana in just her second game was unstoppable out on the wing and was rewarded with a well deserved goal. Just when we thought it was all over Celeste sold some candy to the doggies not once but twice and slotted through the last goal of the match. What a cracker! Bri, Lily & Eva kept the run up all game along the wings into the forwards and our mids specifically Allie and Nikki with crunching tackles and quick kicks out to space were solid as always. We ran out 71 point victors in the end with a solid performance all round.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in what was a very special day to be a part of. It’s amazing to see our club as competitive, close & positive than ever with the LadyHawks contributing to this and just loving their footy!


Cardiff: 16.6 – 102

Terrigal Avoca: 4.7 – 31


Goals: H. Wright 4, M. Bailey 3, T. Wilks 3, C. Plancia 2, T. Grazules 2, A. Cross, H. Moffatt
Best Players: 
M. Coram-Parker, K. Moffatt, N. Standen, E. Hieke, H. Wright, S. Ranken


Coaches Best Duke Voucher: Hayley Wright

IronBark Hill Voucher: Nicola Walker

Players Player: Minerva Bailey


Reserve Grade

It might not have been the emphatic Anzac Day statement the Ressies boys would’ve hoped for, but a statement nonetheless. In the Thursday afternoon blockbuster, the Hawks were keen to make amends from last week with a strong showing against the Dogs.

The first three quarters were scrappy at best, and our Ressies boys were made to scrap and fight for every attacking move going forward to try and give Wivell and Steamer Jones first opportunity. Some poor defensive checking and lack of pace around the contest hurt, with Dogs midfielders making the most of this and setting up quick goals.

Coach Andrew Risby laid down the challenge to the entire team at 3 quarter time… And what a response! Huge game-changing tackles by Michael (Cookie) Cooke and Ben Taylor, who had his best game in a Cardiff jumper, set the tone for 4th quarter demolition.

The boys responded with a six goal to zero fourth quarter. Returning player and former coach Chop Buchan kicked the final 3 goals of the game in a welcome return. While Tim Keys and Callum Spoor were dominant through the middle of the ground as usual.

A great day all up and plenty of respect and spirit shown on the day. Very proud of the way boys responded after being challenged at three quarter time.

Great win boys!


Cardiff: 11.10 – 76

Terrigal Avoca: 6.3 – 39


Goals:  C. Jones 4, C. Buchan 3, A. Wivell 3, P. Bleus

Best Players: C. Spoor, B. Taylor, T. Machart, J. Lewis, A. Risby, W. Shipley


Coaches Best The Duke Hotel Voucher: Tim Keys

1% IronBark Hill Voucher: Ben Taylor

Players Player: Tim Keys


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