The Shield side returned home this week to take on Gosford Tigers in the Preliminary Final at The Nest, with the winner progressing to the GF.
Although we had a dominate win last week against Gosford, we knew this week would not be as easy so had to ensure we prepared properly and were ready to go for the first bounce. Everyone was up and about for the game on what was an awesome day at home.
A hotly contested first quarter saw Holmesy, Dave and Tommy team up like that have been all season in the mids, supported nicely by Ris and Dip, dominating Gosford at the center clearances. This continued at stoppages around the ground as well for the entire game. Gosford made sure that each stoppage was contested though and made the boys work hard for the ball. An early goal to Jared, followed up by another to Dave saw us take an early lead. Gosford fought back though and saw them string together a nice passage of play to get one back. Jared kicked another one though soon after to take it to a 11-point lead. Gosford finished off the quarter strongly thanks to a few free kicks and scored 2 more goals for the quarter to go into the first break 21 apiece.
The 2nd quarter started out much like the first, with neither side giving up an inch around the ground. It took 12 minutes in the quarter for the boys to start settling and gaining dominance around the ground. 2 goals within a minute sure helped kick start things, with Jolly and Jared both kicking goals. Gosford hit back though with a goal to themselves before things slowed. Some impressive defensive efforts around the ground, quickly shut down the Tiger’s attack which resulted in Jolly and Jared kicking another goal each to round out the half.
A much needed half time break saw the boys get some shade and fluids into them as the hot conditions were telling. Like last week, the break worked wonders and saw Jared set up and slotting a goal from the first stoppage. A goal to Woldy and another to Jared in the first 7 minutes saw a decent gap on the scoreboard start to develop.
An unassailable lead in the last quarter saw some sore bodies come to the bench, while Dave and Toby made the most of their last game of the season, running out the remainder of the game in the midfield. Congratulations boys on a season well played. You will be sorely missed on the weekend. The final quarter finished 2 goals a-piece, with a final lead of 37 points sealing the Grand Final birth.
Good luck to the boys this week. Enjoy what grand final week has to offer and make the Hawks family proud.
Dave and Georgie, we wish you all the best on your wedding day 🙂
We headed to Pasterfields Oval for our Semi Final on the weekend and what a day it turned out to be. The weather was very warm and the time of year when we should find ourselves at the beach, we are still playing footy.
We knew from our earlier match in the season we were going to be in for a rugged, physical confrontation and the Killarney Vale team certainly did not disappoint.
Right from the opening bounce in the first quarter Killarney Vale tried to out muscle us however in what was a great show of determination we certainly matched, stood up to them and then powered home to claim a fantastic win.
It was clear from the start of the game we had the better skill level and as the game wore on this was a telling factor.
The second quarter was a ding dong battle with neither team giving an inch, however we continued to stick to our game plan, and we could see Killarney vale starting to slow. Half time could not have come at better time for both teams as we were able to regroup and recharge.
The third quarter we could see that Killarney Vale were tiring as our mid field began to gain the upper hand and continued to win a lot more ball. We were able to swap a few players into different parts of the ground that was able to give us several attacking and defending options.
The final quarter was a pleasure to watch, and with Beth banging away with 3 great goals we claimed a fantastic team win.
We had three girls (Haley, Beth and Shelby ) backing up from the Senior Women’s Final on Saturday and in what was a great team effort you were able to show that the remainder of the team was able to step up and you all showed great determination to get to the footy, look for team mates and play the running footy we all now you can.
We are now off to the Grand Final to play our archrivals City in what will be another cracking game of footy.
From a personal note it was a great atmosphere at the footy on the weekend and to see all your Parents, Family and Friends lined along the boundary line to watch you play was a great sight indeed.
On Behalf of the U/17 Girls team we would also like to thank the Senior Footy club for all there help on Sunday to make our day at the footy a great success. It was fantastic to look around the ground to see some many familiar faces from both the Men’s and Women’s Senior Teams coming to watch not only our girls play but all the junior teams as well, so thanks once again.
|Cardiff U17 YG||7.6-48|
|Killarney Vale U17 YG||2.2-14|
|Warners Bay Blue U13||3.4-22|
Well this strange 2020 season has come to the finals!
After an extended break since the last time we played (with holidays and a bye), and the loss of another player due to injury, here we are in an elimination final.
Thankfully, our under 11 youth girls were playing in the opening game of the day. We had three girls back up to bring our numbers up to play 16 a side.
The day was heating up so with no one on the bench, and the opposition able to rotate reserves we started to feel a bit nervous.
The previous games this season against Newcastle City have been tight battles, with very close margins at three quarter time and then Cardiff powering home in the final quarter.
We were confident we could finish stronger than our opponents, but finals often don’t go to script. After a low key build up to the game, and our usual warm up drills, there were butterflies but not much hype.
With our newly appointed finals campaign co-captains (Jazz and Lily) leading the way, our girls burst out of the blocks with a 3.3(21) to 0.0(0) first quarter.
The defenders rebounded, the mid fields battled and the forwards created scoreboard pressure for a truly impressive team effort for a half time score at 6.7(43) to 1.1. (7)
The heat began affecting both teams and the third quarter was a much tighter contest. A season spent sharing the load and playing different positions, meant we could rotate roles to allow rest breaks and maintain our performance. The scoreboard at three quarter time showed 6.8 (44) to 1.4(10).
With a couple of our players lining up at the ERC table at the break, a few panicked moments of shuffling the magnets on the board was in order. However just before the hooter went to return to the ground, two thumbs up and smiles showed we were all good.
Another tight fourth quarter saw the momentum shifting both ways, but again a fantastic team effort saw the amazing Pasterfield scoreboard showing the final score as 7.9(51) to 2.5(17).
Our entire under 13 youth girls’ team should be very proud of their efforts and can go into the Grand Final with great confidence.
|Cardiff U13 YG||3.3-21||6.7-43||6.8-44||7.9-51|
|Newcastle City U13 YG||0.0||1.1-7||1.4-10||2.5-17|