Round 13 Coaches’ Report

1st Grade vs Nelson Bay

Waking up in Fingal Bay after a night away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle, I knew the day was going to be a tough slog as I looked out the window to see full grown gum trees dropping branches in the 60km wind. I couldn’t have been further from the truth…
Nelson’s bay Marlins depleted squad were probably praying for stronger wind as the Hawkies were looking to bounce back after a well deserved verbal bashing by coaching staff during the week.
As always the Marlins were hard at it early and pretty chirpy but they soon it wasn’t hard to see the difference in personnel and structure.
With the midfield missing reigning coaches MVPs DeMarcus De Leur, coach Harkness looked to sure it up with Bruce Greatz coming back from a spell and throwing Jack Lemmon in for the bounce to take some bodies with him, still waiting.
Cardiff high school captain Lucas Burrows had probably his best game for our seniors solidifying his spot in that forward line. Was good to see him launching into the contest with that blinding speed he possesses. His little mate Pricey built on last week coming back from injury and looks to be loving it out there which is also a pleasure to see. Steamer was on the wrong side of a few umpiring calls and probably should have kicked a bag, but was still very solid in his first hitout in the top grade for 2018.
The backline as a whole had a point to prove after a very honest video session during the week that exposed a few things we had to work on and worked well as a unit. Unfortunately, Dave O’Donnell got a whack to the nose/face and is now 20% uglier. Was a rare occasion to see the backs lose a 1 on 1 contest and opened up the middle with some genuine pace through pratty and Gibbons off the back flank.
I thought Jack Lennon was very stiff not to get the coaches award for best on ground, BUT THE AWARD GOES TO BRYCE GREATZ! A big win for the bridesmaids of Australia after a handful of runner ups.
Enjoy the bye boys, I know I will.

Nelson Bay           1.3-9        2.3-15       2.6-18           2.6-18
Cardiff                  5.2-32      10.2-62     15.6-96          22.14-146

Goal Kickers: J. Lennon 6, L. Price 4, C. Jones 3, J. Murphy 3, L. Borrow 2, T. Thompson, A. Walker, T. Yensch, N. Tomlinson
Best Players: J. Lennon, B. Graetz, M. Vukovich, T. Yensch, L. Price, B. Job





Lady Hawks vs Singleton

This week the birds are back at the nest to take on the Singleton Roosters. With the boys up at Nelson Bay the birds fly solo at Hillsborough.
Its a massive game for us as Singleton sit above us on the ladder.

Once again our focus is our start. A nice hit out to Claudia and we win the first clearance and we are away. Our mids dominated the quarter and saw the birds repeatedly go inside 50 and it wasn’t long before Eva hit the scoreboard then Courtney. We have a nice buffer at the first break.

The second quarter was a bit more dour with the Roosters trying to get a bit of momentum back. Our backline repelled everything with Matisse and Eloise leading the way. These young guns are really showing off their talents and racking up a lot of intercept possessions. Nicola Walker was her usual consistent self while Alex, Katie and Allie were major contributors. We lead 21 / 7 at halftime.

The third quarter we again gain the upper hand and a Faith goal saw the lead out to 4 goals and the birds were in full flight. When the roosters did go forward our was defence was such that they couldn’t score. While we dominated the quarter we missed a few shots on goal which gave the Roosters some hope going into the final term, we need to be at our best. 31 / 8 at the final break.

Our mids were killing it , another stellar performance from Taylah Wilks with the help of our two ultra consistent rucks Claudia and Tayla G as well as Arizona, Ellen and Nikki we see off the Roosters late surge and after Eva’s second goal it was all over , the birds go on to claim a dominant win. We were good across the board this week and will need to maintain momentum in the back end of the season if we want to sneak into that final 7. Well done!
Cooky and Yowie

Cardiff               3.3-21      3.3-21    4.7-31    5.11-41
Singleton           0.1-1        1.1-7       1.2-8     2.2-14

Goal Kickers: E. Bailey 2, C. Wotherspoon, F. Lewis
Best Players: M. Coram-Parker, E. Petersen, T. Wilks, A. Cross, C. Russell, I. Jones


Reserve Grade vs Nelson Bay

Blustery conditions greeted the Cardiff Hawks at Nelson Bay who were looking to bounce back after suffering only their second loss of the year to Newcastle City last weekend. With many outs, Nelson Bay were forced to borrow several Cardiff players to ensure the game went ahead. Big thanks to Michael Cooke, Regan Bowe, Dubbo, CJ and Matt Elrich who all put their hand up to help out Nelson Bay. The above players all played well despite facing their teammates and being on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Although CJ easily had the worst haircut on the paddock. Not only did he get out ran by a 36 year old on the wing, his own parents were heckling him from the sidelines about his fresh cut.

It was pleasing to see Cardiff’s intensity and commitment to the ball despite it being a game that we were the winners from the outset. Tom ‘’The Real” Hawthorne jagged 7 classy goals and dominated around the ground despite it only being his 2nd game for the club. Not only is he a great prospect but he is a better bloke than his brother Scott.

As usual, big Mick Ryan dominated up front scoring another bag, setting up plenty of other opportunities and looked good through the middle. 800 goals has come and gone, 100 goals for the season isn’t out of reach for the Cardiff legend.

Tom Lash and Toby Marchart looked good across the ground and as always played their roles. Lashlie got a lot of ball through the middle and delivered good ball to the forwards including Damo who kicked 6 of the best.  Raymond Razor Steadman looked deadly and dangerous all day as did Tim Cameron who led all day and took some outstanding grabs. Dubbo had his best game for the year and was easily the best on ground for Nelson Bay. He and Clint had a great battle in the middle and Dubbo will benefit after playing against a premier ruckman for 4 quarters. Matt Erich resembled Patrick Dangerfield with 30 touches in the first half.

A pleasing day at the office with many boys putting their hands up for a finals spot. Bye this week followed by Singleton at the nest.


Tony Edser

Nelson Bay           0.1-1        0.3-3       0.4-4                0.5-5
Cardiff                  3.6-24      9.9-63     17.12-114         24.17-161

Goal Kickers: T. Hawthorne 7, D. Rowett 6, T. Cameron 3, R. Steadman 3, M. Ryan 3, C. Buchan, I. Hughes
Best Players: M. Ryan, T. Hawthorne, T. Lashlie, T. Gordon, T. Williams, T. Machart