Coaches’ Reports – Round 7

Black Diamond Cup

Nelson Bay’s inaccuracy and our accuracy were the difference on Saturday in a match that will be memorable for 200-gamer Mick Ryan. 6 scoring shots to 10 was the quarter time tally and 13 to 16 by half time yet we still went in 17 points up. Damien Haynes was in everything all day throwing his wiry frame into contests and using his speed on the outside as well to earn best afield honours. The game began to open up a bit more in the third quarter as our radar went off but we extended our lead to 33 points at three-quarter time and showed that we’re a side that can score freely. The message going into the last quarter was to show we can turn the screws on teams and stop them scoring given percentage may be important for our finals chances. While we finished strongly ourselves with four goals, they were able to add another three as it turned out to be a very high scoring game so that’ll be something we’ll work on. Marcus DeLeur and Scott Pierce continued their rich vein of form with four goals each, Matt Vukovich did a sterling job on one of their danger men all day whilst also kicking himself a goal and veteran Ryan earnt himself a can and the “Goat Players’ Player” award to go with his two goals for the day. Co-coach Rowan Bilkey was dangerous and composed as a swing man with two goals and safe work in defence, Regan Bowe rucked manfully and was effective with two goals resting forward, and Mark Spencer had his best game for the season against his old club. Our objective each week is just to keep winning in order to keep our season alive as we still sit two wins and percentage outside the top 4. We’ll be looking to continue the success of #VibeWeek into Newcastle City at No. 1 Sports Ground this Saturday.

Black Diamond Cup Womens

Hello Hawks fans!

This week the Birds are back on their home ground to take on Nelson Bay/Port Stephens Power. While our opposition may be struggling we still look to play our style of footy.

We hit the ground running and it doesn’t take long to hit the score board and follow up quickly with another. By quarter time the Birds had raced to a big lead , and while the Bay/ Port Stephens tried hard they are just playing out of their grade and we go in leading.

10 / 0 / 60 to 0 / 0 /0.

Things continued in the same vein after the break with the Birds continually winning the clearances and going forward at will. While we dominate the quarter , our opposition , despite the score never gave up and were rewarded with a goal mid way through the term much to their delight.

16 / 6 / 102 to 1 / 0 / 6.

We kept on going through the third quarter and scored freely bagging another eight goals to take a commanding lead into the final change.

24 / 12 / 156 to 1/ / 2 / 8.

The final term was an opportunity to relax a bit , or not , the Birds kept going and while our opponents never gave up and were able to slow the scoring just a bit , we continued to run the ball and maintain our dominant position. It was a very strong performance in the end as we racked up our biggest ever score.

28 / 17 / 185 to 1 / 2 / 8.

Junior Team of the Week – U/15 Girls

The weather was on our side and the girls were pumped up ready to play.  We had a few players out injured but in true Hawks spirit they were there cheering on their team from the sideline.

The 1st quarter Warners Bay got away quickly with the ball and managed to get a few behinds and our girls worked hard, leading well to take possession of the ball back and score a behind. At the end of the 1st quarter the score was 1-3

The 2nd quarter the mids fought for the ball from the start of the ruck and delivered the ball to the eager forwards. And from there the forwards did not disappoint, adding more points to our board, by half time the score was 15 all.

Starting the 3rd with equal points we knew we had to make sure every position was marking up and staying on their player. Our defence was strong and a few link-up kicks/ marks moved the ball back to the forward line with ease and skill.

The score was now 24-15

We couldn’t get cocky and really had to focus on the task at hand, the win was so close, the girls were tired but we couldn’t risk working so hard and losing it now. We had one last huddle and out they went. With less than 3 mins to go Warners Bay scored a goal bringing the score to 24-21, the air was thick with tension and everyone was on the edge of their seat, the Hawkettes worked skilfully to bring the ball back to our forward line with and with less than 30 seconds on the clock we scored another goal bringing the final score to 30-21!!!

It was a nail biter and our Hawkettes showed they do not give up and their passion and skill saw them take home their first win and sing our song loud and proud!!!

A special thank you to our 13s that played up again and complete our team. Each and every girl played fantastic and showed they are a force to be reckoned with!!

Coach Mel

Junior Team of the Week – U/17s

After an up and down year,  we didn’t have high hopes for a victory playing the competition leaders. Lacking numbers for the past few games had really hurt us. Well didn’t the boys turn up to play footy! After we kicked the first 3 goals to zip, we all thought well this is going to be interesting. We went into the first break 5 goals clear and the boys were pumped.

Unusually, we had plenty on the bench with the addition of a new player and Braydo and Lachy playing up from the 15s. And unfortunately the coach (me) lost count of the players on the field and we had an extra player on the field so we lost the second quarter points. Fortunately this did not have an impact on the game. The boys took the field after the half time break and completely annihilated Maitland kicking 8 goals to zero.

The fourth quarter continued in the same fashion. What was most pleasing is the all the boys put in the whole game and we didn’t have a weak link. The final score was 99 to 18. What a great victory for the boys, so proud. Most pleasing thing of all was the enjoyment throughout the game, every player coming in at the break keen and loving the game.

Best on ground was everyone, but a few standouts were Tim, Jerry and BJ, though all should be very proud of themselves. Well done men, if we continue this who knows where we’ll end up!

Coach Jason