+It is rare to play footy at this time of year and a 30ׄ°C really tested the boys against Gosford.
With the desire to ensure our structures and game plan was ready to go for finals, this game was a great opportunity for us, especially with having to play Gosford again in the upcoming Preliminary Final.
A blistering start saw the Hawks kick 2 goals within the first 90 seconds of the game to really cement how damaging our midfield and forwards are when they get clean ball. To Gosford credit, they settled after this and provided a contested game for the next 12 minutes, with a goal to each side, before the Hawks finished off the quarter strongly, kicking another 4 goals for the quarter, with doubles to Woldy, Dave and Jared. The Hawks went into the 1st quarter break up and about with a 39-point lead.
Gosford hit back quickly in the 2nd quarter with a great center clearance and a quick Goal, before the Hawks asserted their dominance on the game, kicking 7 goals to 2 for the quarter. Some great defensive efforts set up quick ball movement up the ground, allowing our forwards to make the most of their opportunities to go into the long break with a 70-point lead.
The boys enjoyed the long break in the shade as the heat of the day was starting to take a toll on both sides. The break benefited us more than Gosford, with the Hawks further asserting their dominance on the game during the 3rd quarter. 6 goals to 2 for the quarter, with Jared kicking 4 of those all but drove the nail into the coffin with a 90-point lead going into the last quarter.
The last quarter saw the effects of the heat and the massive lead start to impact our team with Gosford starting to string some more kicks together and winning the quarter 2.5 to 1.2, with Dave the only goal kicker for the last quarter.
An impressive performance saw the Hawks finish the regular season with an undefeated record and in a prime position to make a grand final birth.
Congratulations to Woldy who finished the season as leading goal kicker (as well as Jared and Dave who finished 3rd and 4th respectively)
Congratulations to the 46 blokes that contributed to an undefeated minor premiership. Without the entire squad, this would not have been possible. It is time to reset and get ready for the final series where we look to complete an entire undefeated season.
Goal Kickers: J. Campbell 7, J. Jolliffe 5, D. Graan 5, B. Wold 3, A. Risby
Best Players: J. Campbell, D. Graan, T. Williams, M. Holmes, A. Risby, J. Drabsch