Preliminary Finals - Coaches' Reports

With vibes, enthusiasm and belief at an all-time high, the birds were pumped for the big challenge that lay ahead.
City on the back of the last 3 premierships has been one of the standout sides all year. We knew though going into the game, that we could match them if we started strong and brought our pressure game for 4 quarters.

The birds started the first quarter on fire bringing the extreme pressure we had been training for. Hayley Hawkings was giving our mids first use of it in the ruck and our mids led by Shez, Clare and Soph were linking up well from the contest. The quarter finished with City leading 19-1, but the girls went into the break with confidence after controlling a lot of the ball that quarter.

The second quarter the girls really stood up and continued their high-pressure footy. Young gun Danika Spammer was unstoppable in the middle of the ground using her fitness to win the ball and chase down opponents. The backline lead by Emma and Nicola were also incredible holding off the many City attacks Both sides finished goalless for the quarter and the girls were right in it going into the main break, half time score 20-2.

With the heat starting to play a big factor in the game, the third quarter, unfortunately, started with a couple of quick goals to City. After such a tight game so far these goals really shifted the momentum of the game. Clare through her hard work was able to finish off a nice team goal, but it wasn’t enough to swing the momentum back in our direction. The score at 3/4 time, City leads 52-8.

One of the quality attributes of the birds over the last couple of years has been their never give up attitude, and that was evident in the last quarter. No matter the score the girls continued to show their character and push through the heat to play the game out…. but unfortunately, City was just too good for us today. Final score 92-9

On behalf of myself and Cooky, I just want to say a big thank you to all the players, club and support staff involved. In what has been a roller coaster year, the birds have really stood up and announced themselves as one of the top 1st-grade women’s sides in the comp. With some incredible talented junior players coming through the ranks the future looks very bright for 2021 and onwards.

Cheers Gibbo and Cooky
Newcastle City3.1-193.2-208.4-5214.8-92
Goal Kickers: C. Cummings
Best Players: D. Spamer, C. Cummings, S. Ranken, H. Hawkins, N. Standen, E. Bailey

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 🙂

Goal Kickers: J. Campbell 6, J. Jolliffe 3, D. Graan 2, B. Wold
Best Players: J. Campbell, C. Davies, M. Petersen, T. Williams, A. Risby, D. Graan

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.


Final Score
Cardiff U17 YG7.6-48
Killarney Vale U17 YG2.2-14
After a couple of recent slow starts, the Hawks Under 13 players really catapulted  into action straight up in the Preliminary Final with a 5 Goal to 1 first quarter over Warners Bay. Key forward Kyron Lourens led from the front with the first goal which was followed straight up with a nice pack mark and goal by Blake Jeffs. Every time the ball went into defence it was cleared immediately with an impressive display by Lachlan and Will Manning, Riley, Nick and Cody, moving the ball out to Max on the Boundary, both sides of the park out to Taj B and Marshall, who caused all sorts of havoc for the opposition with awesome runs down the wings. The Rucks of Declan and Roman were dominant, throughout, barely losing a tap and well supported by zippy midfielders such as Taj R and Austin, making life extremely difficult for the opposition. In the second quarter the Bulldogs began to concentrate on tagging our midfielders and moved their full forward to full back to try and stem the goal flow. This worked to our advantage as all of our players were rotating positions regularly causing the Bulldog players to drop their focus off the footy while trying to find their players. To add to their confusion, the small forwards of Tom, Finlay, Chuggy, Miles, Fraser and Jassmin moved into wide spaces dragging their players away from our Dominant Forwards and blocking to perfection with the Hawks kicking out to a comfortable Half Time lead. The Hawks players started to tire in the third and a few injuries started to creep in to the game in a hotly contested term, but their dedication to their roles and having three players on the bench for the first time all year got them through an extremely physical quarter of footy. The message for the last quarter was “Refuse to Lose” and the players went back on the field with fire in their bellies after a sugar fix of Zooper Doopers and Red Frogs. Immediately, Max King kicked off from the first Bounce, running straight out of the middle, weaving past every player in his path, with four bounces into an open goal, thirty seconds in. This opened the floodgates with an impressive display from Marshall, Jimmy G and Fraser running riot, feeding our key forwards.  Riley, Cody and Nick dominated the last line of defence letting nothing past and supporting our Mids who also dug deep, applied intense pressure  while protecting the ball carriers to the end with the Hawks running away with a 91 – 22 Victory in very hot conditions.
Final Score
Cardiff U13 14.7-91
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 YG3.3-216.7-436.8-447.9-51
Newcastle City U13 YG0.01.1-71.4-102.5-17
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Final Score
Newcastle City U11 YG 3.4-22
Cardiff U11 YG 0.0-1