Coaches’ Reports – Round 17

1st Grade

Gosford Forefeited but No Injuries

Cardiff: 120

Gosford: 0



This week the Birds are at home at “The Nest “ and await the Maitland Saints for another big game of intense footy.

Again , we wanted to start well and we did ,  we were matching the Saints intensity and despite the Saints having more forward entries , our back five , led by Matisse , were keeping the Saints at Bay. It was great to see players showing initiative and Abbey’s decision to leave the forward line to play as an extra mid in defence was invaluable as the Saints piled on the pressure. A good first quarter but we trail

1/0/6 to 1/5/11.

The second quarter went much the same way and we could have been closer but for a couple of wasted forward entries , however we are still very much in the game.

1/0/6 to 2/8/20.

Once again we battled hard throughout the third but couldn’t hit the score board. We briefly fell back into the old habit of over committing numbers to the contest leaving loose players on the outside. It’s born out of desperately trying to help our team mate fight for possession and with more experience we will get more patient and maintain our defence on the outside of the contest. Emma ,Nic Walker , Sam K and Abbey are all going well for the Birds.

1/0/6 to 2/8/20.

We still work hard in the last term but the Saints have their tails up. As usual the Birds never say die attitude keeps the game fairly even as a contest but unfortunately they score two late goals that put a gap in the score that probably didn’t reflect the closeness of the game. I still believe we can do something in the finals once we play our best footy for longer periods of the game.

Cardiff: 1.1 – 7

Maitland: 4.8 – 32

Goals: S. Vukovich

Best: M. Coram-Parker, T. Wilks, E. Hieke, S. Kelly, N. Walker, K. Moffatt


Reserve Grade

The final team that arrived to play on Saturday morning had about as much resemblance to the team selected on Thursday night, as a Tinder profile has to the person you actually meet on your date. With first grade having been a late opposition forfeit, a number of players who had been selected for the ones were promoted to the side.

The day was as windy as a four man tent on the Sunday morning of a boys only camping trip, where all anyone brought was beer and beans and Pasterfield is as exposed as anyone who goes through the whole season without scoring a goal will be on Mad Monday.

You don’t hear it that often but Jack Lennon opened the scoring, as he started racking up the goals for the day, with Damon Rowett scoring the Hawks only other major for the term, leaving the score at the end of the quarter at 2-2-14 to 1-0-6 . The day was looking to be a tougher contest than expected after the first time the two sides met earlier in the year.

The wind calmed during the second quarter, like an old man getting in a bath and this allowed the Hawks to hit their targets much more effectively which showed on the scoreboard. Excellent passages of run and carry football, along with solid clearance work from the midfield allowed the hawks to further extend the lead and keep the Swans scoreless.

At the start of the third quarter, like the guy who nobody sees gets bitten and quietly die in a zombie movie, the wind was back and it was angry. This hampered the Hawks ability to capitalise on their opportunities whilst slowly drawing away from their 33 point lead at half time.

At 45 points in front at the start of the final term, the result was in less dispute than the fight over a dropped pie by two hungry Carlton supporters but West Wallsend maintained their pressure and never gave up. A tackle on Jack Lennon, causing him to leave the ground was the low point of the day as the game came to a close. In the end, the Hawks were too good. Even Dave O’Donnell was able to score a goal, as the Hawks kept the Swans goalless for the entire second half of the game.

It was a solid day of team football, with everyone putting in. As we take on Lake Macquarie this week, it’s exactly the kind of football that we want to continue playing.

Cardiff: 15.7 – 97

Maitland: 2.1 – 13

Goals: J. Lennon 5, T. Hawthorne 2, J. Drabsch 2, D. O’Donnell 2, D. Rowett 2, M. Kozlik, B. Job

Best: T. Hawthorne, M. Kozlik, B. Job, J. Drabsch, J. Lewis, J. Stevenson


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Game Day Photos courtesy of Geoff Robinson