Our first game on the synthetic grass at Blackman, was a welcome change for the boys as we took on the Leichardt Cygnets for the 2ndtime this season. On a cold morning with a strong wind, we won the toss and kicked with the breeze. Both sides hit the scoreboard early, yet the ability to clear the ball from the stoppage proved our biggest challenge. We over used the ball in close and too often some of our better players tried to break tackles, rather than take the first option. When we did move the ball quickly, our forwards were ready and went to work, with 2 more goals to take control at the first break.
With Leichardt now having the aid of the breeze, we set up to stop the possible flood of opposition forward entries and this worked really well. The boys were disciplined to the structure and we maintained our advantage at the half time break. That said, I felt Leichardt were outplaying us with their aggression and tackling, but went unrewarded from the umpire.
Our third quarter was a genuine response from the boys, taking their tackling and attack to a new level. Some of the repeated defensive efforts from Dylan O’Dowd with 4 tackles in 20 seconds the highlight. Our forwards finished off the work and we piled on 34pts for the quarter.
The last quarter was a repeat of the 2nd, with Team Hawkins stopping the efforts of the Cygnets with some smart positioning, ensuring the song was sung loud at Blackman. Some special mentions to Dylan Fleischer and Xavier Byrne who both played their best game for the season.
Best Defensive Play Award: Dylan O’Dowd. Best Team Player Award: Hudson Savage.
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