Team Hawkins welcomed Xavier Byrne and Dylan Fleischer back into the lineup.
The game started well with our experienced midfield trio of Angus Moten, Harvey King and Hudson Savage clearing the centre and getting the ball into the forward line for Shane Zhang to score within the first minute. It was a portent of things to come, as the Cats dominated the play for the remainder of the match. Team Hawkins had been challenged by the coaches last week and at training to improve their concentration, and it was clear from the centre bounce that the boys had accepted that challenge. They were hard at the ball and their opponent, and the link up from defence to centre to forwards was perhaps the best we’ve seen.
Ryan Clancy and Hudson continued their dominance with the ball in the centre and clearing defensive kicks, and scored two goals each when rotated forward. Xavier also scored a major in the 3rd quarter. In the final term Noah Tops kicked a booming goal from just inside the forward zone, and Jude Lumley (wearing number 23) channelled Lance Franklin to run and bounce away from his opponent and score from the pocket. Other notable efforts include Thomas Bredenhann, who shook off a nasty hard and high tackle to lay the very next tackle himself, Henry and Noah who were always at the play, and Angus and Harvey who didn’t stop tackling in the midfield.
It was a complete and mature all-round effort from Team Hawkins, and very pleasing for coaches, parents and the team themselves. They deserved the win.
Best Team Player – Henry Lowry and Best Defensive Play – Noah Tops
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