1st Grade vs Nelson Bay
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.
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