A stunning winter’s day greeted the players on arrival at Feighan Oval, and a tight, 1 point victory to the Lady Hawks in the preceding match buoyed the players’ keenness to hit the park, and atone for a poor showing the week prior.
When the ball was bounced for the first quarter, the Hawks took the ascendancy immediately. Jack Pratt and Pat Delaney were welcome inclusions in the midfield and gave the team an element of hardness and class. It showed, with the ball moving forward constantly for the quarter. Mick Ryan, Izaac Hughes and Rowan Bilkey all hit the scoreboard, with two apiece for the quarter.
A 28 point lead at quarter time was extended as Ryan and Hughes quickly kicked the first two of the second stanza, however the Bulldogs lifted their intensity and attack on the ball after the first few minutes, and the Dogs hit back with the last four to close the gap at the main break to 15 points.
Chad Mayo managed to find his long sleeve jumper and looked at home in the back line, repelling a number of Dogs forays, marking and spoiling where needed, and providing certainty by foot on the rebound. Young Max Kozlik continues his impressive debut season, with a growing confidence in his abilities and attack on the footy. With the absence of Tim Keys, the ruck duties fell to Reg Bowe, who handled a huge day in the middle. His effort to shoulder the ruck responsibilities with only a few minutes rest each quarter was impressive. However, despite his efforts, the Hawks could muster only two goals to the Dogs four as the margin at the final change was a poultry two points.
The forward line pressure by Billy Towers and Lachlan Price was creating opportunities. Towers twice attempted mark of the year, pulling one of the chances down in the goal square and converting the goal in the final quarter to again wrest the lead, which had flipped between the two rivals throughout the quarter. The last ten minutes were nerve wracking as the ball was camped in the Dogs’ forward line. They peppered the goals and if not for inaccuracy could have snatched an unlikely victory. As the record shows, the final kick after the siren fell short of its mark, leaving the scores level, and players unsure of how to react.
The seniors head up the highway to Singleton next week for a clash that will not only be a huge challenge on the park, but also a potentially season defining one on the ladder.
Hello Hawkies. Round three! This week the Birds head down the road to take on the old foe , Warners Bay. A cracking day greets us and everyone’s a little toey as the local derby always excites.
A torrid contest in the middle would set the tone for the match as both teams scrapped hard to gain the upper hand. The footy wasn’t pretty and unfortunately The Bay would score first and then second to take an early lead , but The Birds fight hard hard and a couple of missed Scoring opportunities sees us behind at the first break. 2 / 0 / 12 to 0 / 4 / 4.
As footy goes sometimes the second quarter was the same as the first as both teams really went hard at it and again it was The Bay who score first to extend their lead. More contested footy ensued and The Birds finally get their first through Hayley Hawkins , who has come up from our juniors and looks right at home in the senior side , we then follow up quickly with our second to go to the main break still down on the scoreboard but right in the contest. 4 / 1 / 25 to 2 / 4 / 16.
The game was becoming a war of attrition and goals were hard to come by as a result. The longer the game went the more we looked like we might get on top but The Bay girls weren’t going away And were rewarded with a goal to go ahead further and our girls had to work harder and harder. Mid way through the quarter we were finally rewarded as Sophie ‘’ Ranko ‘’ Rankin hit the score board to give our Birds a boost And send us to the final break still down but very much up and about. 5 / 1 / 31 to 3 / 9 / 27.
If we thought the first three quarters were hard , things were about to step up as both teams wanted it and The Bay were desperate to win on their home track. A low scoring last quarter , the Bay managed a couple of behinds but couldn’t land the goal that may have sealed the win. The Birds had been behind all game and weren’t playing their best footy but they hung in and hung in to give themselves a chance to snatch A late victory. A very late goal to the Birds through the hard working Clare Cummings and our girls hit the front for the first time in the match , all we had to do was hang on! To say the final minute was a bit tense would be like saying the ocean is a bit wet , but , we hung on!! Last minute victories are pretty special and should be , and was , celebrated. It was a victory for courage and persistence and we can be very proud of our girls for that. Final score 5 / 3/ 33 to 4 / 10 / 34
Thoughts go out to Georgina Jolliffe who sustained a nasty finger injury , who will now join Min Bailey on the sidelines with long term injuries.
Goal Kickers: C. Cummings 2, H. Hawkins, S. Ranken
For week three, the, Hawks played their first away game for the season at Feighan Oval against Warners bay. We knew we had to another opportunity to play a tough opposition and send a message to the rest of the competition. The side welcomed Matt Holmes in for this first game for the club with Miles Petersen and Benji Julian also returning to the club for their first games of the year.
With the quality of the opposition the Hawks knew it was important to get off to a fast start and set the tone early but unfortunately it was a less than ideal start to the first quarter with a couple of early injuries leaving us with only 2 on the bench but the guys put that behind them, rallied well and went into the quarter time break trailing by only 3 points.
The Hawks reset at the quarter time and hit the ground running in the second quarter, kicking 5 goals to Warners bays 1, with Matt Holmes being rewarded for his high-pressure acts and intensity around the contest, kicking his first ever goal for the club. This was followed up by Joel Drabsch capitalising on a 50-metre penalty to kick a goal and Andrew Walker also hitting the scoreboard for his first goal of the season.
The third quarter was a closely contested affair with only 1 player left on the bench. Dave Graan kicked the only goal of the quarter to increase the Hawks lead to 26 points at the 3rd quarter break.
Starting the last quarter, with now no bench, Warners Bay were first to hit the scoreboard but it was long before we answered back with a goal of our own. The fitness levels and strong mindset of the Hawks showed through in the final term with Jordan Martin finishing off the day with a goal, with the final score being Hawks 62 WB 28.
Unfortunately, the fantastic result came at a cost with both Choppa(Achilles) and Benji(ACL) both receiving injuries that will see them miss the rest of the season. On behalf of the playing group and the rest of the club we wish both players all the best in their recovery and look forward to seeing them around the club soon.
The Ressies boys should be very proud of how they conducted themselves to overcome all the challenges thrown at them and showed true determination to get the job done with no one left on the bench. Also, a special mention to James Rinkin who supported the team throughout the day!
Goal Kickers: M. Holmes 2, C. Buchan, J. Drabsch, D. Graan, B. Wold, A. Walker, J. Campbell, J. Martin
What a day that was presented to us last Sunday, Sunny weather, no wind, dry track and I would say a perfect day to play some footy.
We returned to Warners Bay the site of last year’s Grand Final Triumph to take on the Bulldogs.
This week’s game was certainly played in two halves. The First and Last Quarters were really promising with some great running football, however the second and third quarters showed to the girls that we need to stick to our structures and don’t rush the footy and the results would come.
It was awesome to see that the girls took on our ¾ time instructions and was clearly evident in the last quarter with a great example of determined running football, we were able to skip away with a very comfortable win. This allowed us during the last quarter to rotate a few of our newer recruits into and out of positions that they may not necessarily get a chance to play.
We dominated the game in mid field that allow the Forwards to show their great athleticism. Our Defensive line was once again outstanding not allowing our opponents to score a single point. A truly fantastic effort.
A bit of goal scoring practice is in line on the training paddock this week!!!!!!! We can’t continue to kick 16 behinds against the stronger teams in the competition.
We have a couple of hard games coming up in the next few weeks when we take on arch rivals City and Maitland that will really show us where we stand in this year competition.
Great game once again Legends and let’s take this fantastic result forward in the coming Weeks.
Go the Hawkettes.
Cardiff: 11.16 – 82
Warners Bay 0.0 – 0