Coming off two losses against the only two teams above us on the ladder the birds knew this week we needed to rebuild the momentum, confidence and belief leading into finals.
Last time the birds met Warners Bay we came back in a thrilling finish to win by 1 point. This time we were at the nest and wanted to show we have improved since last time we played them.
The first quarter was spent mostly down our end with us proving just how good our forward pressure can be. After a tough battle around the ball we were able to convert this into 2 goals from Clare and Jodi.
The second quarter was much similar to the first. We started to settle into the game but we were still feeling like Warners Bay weren’t allowing us the space we needed.
Our half backs kept repelling Warners Bay attempts to get it down the end. Their runs down the wings with even some run and bounce from Matisse Coram-Parker in front of our fans was awesome to see.
Abbey scored our only goal for the quarter with a good snap and Warners Bay were kept to just one goal.
The third quarter was when we came out firing. We were winning the ruck contest and creating play through our mids. Our forwards created space were leading allowing us to hit our targets. Our small forwards we dangerous as ever running, sweeping and snapping goals. Goals from Tayla Grazules and Abbey Cooksley proved this. Our backs continued to push hard and showed confidence by using their speed running off their player.
The fourth quarter saw us extend our lead further through much of the same play. Goals from Clare and Tayla Gregory topped off our win.
Overall this game we wanted to focus on our handballs using the sweeper option, leads and hitting targets in space and contest marking. We were able to show this throughout the four quarters.
Thank you to Bilks and Vuko for stepping in and helping with coaching our first half. The birds really appreciated your kind wise words.
This team has pulled together in what we can say was a tough week. We are an awesome on the field but even better off the field. Individuals don’t win premierships its all about the team and this team proving this in our build towards something special in a few weeks time. Get on board Hawks family. We need your support to get us there.
The Cardiff Hawks under 15’s boys travelled to Warners Bay for round 11. This was a must win match if the team are to play finals. Also this match was important because it was Lachlan Macnamara’s 100th game for the club.
Lachlan Macnamara has been a fine contributor in every team he has played with at Cardiff including Runner up best and fairest 2019 and appears certain to add to this list as he is having a stellar year in 2020. Lachlan is known for his long accurate left boot, his ability to take a contested mark and his appetite for kicking goals. Not only is Lachlan an amazing footballer, but a wonderful person, teammate, friend, son and brother. Congratulations Lachlan on a great junior career and we all look forward to seeing you further develop as a footballer and young man.
The 1st Quarter saw the Hawks start with the Intensity and talk that was requested by the coach and the team was dominating play but kicking a lot of behinds. Oscar laid a wonderful shepherd that led to the first goal by Max. The midfield were all playing their role and the centre bounces were like poetry with Lachlan tapping to Dylan, Ryan blocking their major ball winner and Joey sweeping when things didn’t go to plan. The 2nd Quarter was much the same only with better goal kicking accuracy especially from Under 13’s players James Georgalis and Max King who combined beautifully and really added to our forward lines effectiveness. The Hawks held a 10-goal lead at half time but were saddened by the news that Logan Bridge had acquired a knee injury and was in a lot of pain waiting for an ambulance. Logan is a first-year player who has had a wonderful year learning the game and his toughness, tackling and competitiveness are appreciated by the team. News from Logan’s family is that he is doing well and his spirits are high.
The boys were asked to start the 3rd Quarter with the same intensity and voice as the 1st and they did. Taj Williams was competing hard and doing what he does and both the Clement boys had their best game of the year. The other 13’s players Blake, Lachlan and Taj were getting their hands on the ball and complimenting the team. Dylan was tagged by the opposition which allowed Ryan to win some more ball and share it well with his teammates. Jaeden and Cooper were dominating from half back and turning defence into attack. The boys fell away in the last a little allowing the opposition some easy goals, but overall the coach was happy with a strong performance with good contribution from all players. The final score Cardiff: 15.27-117 to Warners Bay: 9.3-57.
The Hawks sit equal 4th on the ladder and will play off against City on Sunday for a spot in the finals. The team has trained and performed really well all year and are very excited for this match and hopefully a couple of finals. Our best performance will be required to achieve this goal and the boys are encouraged to come to training this week and train at finals intensity. We will welcome back Brayden (Happy Birthday legend) and a special mention to Ryan for playing with a broken finger.