Round 6 - Coaches' Reports

It was the win we needed to give us some momentum going into the back half of the season.

While it was convincing in the end, it took us a while to get going, lacking composure going inside 50, overusing by hand at times and missing some shots on goal due to the strong winds. Half-time score: 4.6-30 to 0.2-2.

Things started to really open up in the second half as we added six goals but the most pleasing thing was that our back six were miserly in keeping them goalless to three-quarter time.

We have been striving to put four quarters together and that we did, finishing strongly with another five goals. The back six showed just how determined they are, filthy that they allowed a Wyong goal, however that was offset by a beautiful set shot from 100-game fullback Chad Mayo who snuck forward late in the game. It was party time from that point onward with youngster Tim Martini kicking his maiden First Grade goal soon after.

Top performers on the day were Tom Lashlie who continues his rich vein of form, Liam Cathcart who we shifted from CHF to CHB and looked at home, Billy Towers who is getting better with every game and was everywhere across the forward half, and Mayo who was our Players’ Player and will be wearing the GOAT beanie at training this week.

After the game it was announced that this week would be “Vibe Week” with a retro guernsey night planned for Tuesday night training and a mystery guest host for training Thursday night. With a danger game against Nelson Bay, we will be looking to string two wins together to keep our finals hopes alive.
Wyong Lakes0.00.2-20.2-21.5-11
Goal Kickers: T. Keys 4, I. Hughes 3, N. Tomlinson 2, C. Mayo, M. Vukovich, C. Spoor, R. Bowe, M. Spencer, D. Janson

Hello Hawks fans.

This week the Birds head down the M1 to take on the Wyong Magpies. An important game for us as we get the opportunity to cement third spot on the ladder.


In very windy conditions we get a good start and win the early battle for field position and some good half forward pressure keeps the ball in our forward line and we start to hit the score board.

A really good first quarter and take a nice little lead into the first break.

Wyong 0/1/1 to Cardiff 3/3/21.

The Magpies hit back hard in the second and Birds have to work hard for everything. Our mids were going great and providing our forwards with plenty of chances but the Magpies were defending well and scoring was becoming harder. Our defence has been solid all year and lead by Nic Walker in her 50th senior game we repel the Magpies raids. Another good quarter and we go to the main break still leading.

0/1/1 to 3/4/22.

We head out for the third knowing we have to maintain the momentum we had built in the first half. We do this , although the Magpies were giving their all and we have to weather a bit of a come back. We maintain our composure and manage another couple of shots on goal but miss a couple and kick one major for the quarter to extend our lead.

0/1/1 to 4/6/30.

The last quarter we played some good footy getting back to our quick ball movement and using the width of the ground to our advantage. More excellent defence from the backs and the ball rebounds quickly off half back to keep the ball out of their scoring zone. At the half way point of the season , like most clubs , we have a lot of players playing with injuries and for our girls to keep turning up and playing the way we did on the weekend is Really something. A very pleasing result and very convincing win in the end we can be very proud of our Women’s team.

Wyong Lakes0.1-10.1-10.1-10.1-1

Goal Kickers: T. Gregory 3, N. Standen, A. Cooksley, E. Petersen

Best Players: C. Cummings, S. Vukovich, N. Standen, T. Gregory, S. Ranken, N. Walker

We went into the game with a fair bit of confidence, knowing we had comfortably beaten teams that had comfortably beaten Wyong. Today was a game where we needed to ensure we remained disciplined and everyone around the ground fulfilled their role for the entire 4 quarters.

The 1st quarter started off well even though the wind was up and about early on. A dominating performance around the ground ensured numerous inside 50 entries and although the wind proved tricky to deal with, we kicked 7.5 for the quarter. Jared, Woldy and Tim all kicked 2, with Miles snagging one to.

The 2nd quarter quickly became costly, with Miles damaging his AC joint early in the quarter, seeing him sit out the remainder of the game. Benny stepped up and joined the midfield rotations for the remainder of the game and played his role nicely. Our midfield, lead by Gibbo and Tom dominated the Magpies and saw us kick another 7 goals for the quarter whilst keeping Wyong scoreless for the half.

We kicked off the 2nd half with a 93-point lead and made a few positional changes to get some blokes involved in the game more. Playing into the wind, run and carry around the ground was crucial. Our midfield rotation into the forwards paid off during the 3rd quarter with 4 of the 8 goals for the quarter coming from these players. Some wayward kicking resulting in 6 behinds and several others being off target kept the score only 147-2 at the break.

Another 7-goal quarter saw the boys really hammer the nail into the coffin, showing the ruthless and disciplined approach to our playing style. We welcomed back club stalwart Nick Kocon to the side who provided structure and voice in our backs as well as a great target when playing in the forwards and kicked a goal during the quarter to cap off his return.

Best of luck to Miles with the recovery and hopefully we see you back in time for finals. With the bye next week, the boys have earned a nice break before we look to finish off the season as strong as we have started.

Wyong Lakes0.00.00.2-20.2-2
Goal Kickers: J. Campbell 7, T. Brown 5, B. Wold 4, D. Priest 3, J. Jolliffe 3, A. Walker 2, J. Lewis, T. Hawthorne, N. Kocon, L. Gibson, M. Petersen, C. Davies
Best Players: J. Campbell, M. Holmes, L. Gibson, T. Hawthorne, T. Brown, J. Lewis 

The vibes were higher than the 1988 Smash hit Vibes starring Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum as the Cardiff Hawks Social team took to Pasterfield for Round 1. A mix of old and older faces took to the field with many of Cardiff’s greats playing.

The Hunter Masters would have been surprised to see a team with more players on the interchange bench than Rugby League players who’ve been found guilty of off field misconduct.

The  Hunter won the toss and elected to go with the strong breeze. The Cardiff huddle weren’t entirely sure which direction that was, given it had changed more often than the Coalitions energy policy. Nonetheless the mighty Hawks took an early lead in the game. 

The Hawks continued to lead throughout the day, with Hunter adding only a single point in both the second and third quarter. The windy conditions caused problems for both sides to score, as the Hawks added only a goal in both.

At the beginning of the final quarter, the writing was on the wall, with a bench dwindling to only 8 or 9 players, the game was played out by both teams in a great spirit.

A good day of footy was had with awards going to internet sensation Big Ben McMahon, Billy Joel Tower and finally Warren “I didn’t know they could stack heart that high” Lovell.

With the competition halfway over and the Hawks amazing 100% win record, they can’t possibly miss the finals and look forward to their next match against Terrigal Avoca.

Thanks to all the players for your commitment, the club for organising a great day, the supporters for turning up and cheering us all on and finally to the umpires and officials that gave up their time to run the game.

Cardiff Hawks : 8.7 – 55

Hunter Hornets: 5.4 – 34

Best Players: Billy Towers, Ben McMahon, Warren Lovell

At the completion of Round 6 the Hawks 15’s sit 4th on the ladder with 3 wins and a loss. Strong wins were achieved against Warners Bay, Killarney Vale and Niagara Park whilst the team suffered a hard fought loss to Maitland in round 2. The loss to Maitland was a great game of football with the lead changing many times up until 3 quarter time with the Hawks holding a 7 point lead at this point. Maitland over ran the Hawks to win by 14, but the boy’s walked off knowing they performed well and hoping to meet the Saints again post season.

Our Midfield has been performing amazingly so far and are forming a formidable combination. Lachy Mac  with his long left boot and its ability to find the goals, Brayden  with his tackling pressure and ability to win the ball, Dylan getting to contests and using his ball skills and decision making, and Joey with his enthusiasm, running ability and voice.

The Backline is being finely led by Cooper who is playing great football and choosing his moments to leave his man and have an impact in offense. Cooper is being well supported by Mr. Everywhere (Livo), Jaden, Denzel and Josh.

Ryan is providing great skill and structure at centre half forward and Ralph is being Ralph (Unpredictable, Unorthodox and skillful) at Full Forward. League converts Logan and Will are getting more of the ball each week and one feels by season end they will be major contributors. Archie’s last two weeks have impressed  as have the efforts of Oscar, Jake and Dan L.  The Clement boys continue to do their job and play various roles for the team.

Special mention to Taj for playing in his 50th game for the club. Taj is the ultimate team mate and is known for his tackling, smothering and work rate.  Another season highlight occurred on Sunday with a great goal by Hutto which really brought the team together, I reckon there’s plenty more goals to come for Hutto.

There is plenty to look forward to for the 15’s Hawks who are improving each week and building on their game style. Training attendance and Intensity has been wonderful , so lets keep it up and see what we can do this year.


Niagara Park Ourimbah U150.2-21.2-81.3-91.3-9
Cardiff U151.8-146.11-4711.18-8413.21-99