Match Report Round 10 vs Demons
The final round of the season saw the Hawks hosting the Wandsworth Demons down at the nest. With the Hawks having a very slim chance of making the finals (a 50 goal win would see them just sneak in) the boys were looking to end the season on a successful note. The weather all week had been baking hot and the day looked a beauty as a bit of a crowd started to form prior to the match but the forecast of afternoon showers had everyone watching the sky with trepidation.
Under gathering clouds the Hawks kicked into the breeze in the first quarter getting the first runs on the board with a smart piece of play into the forward line seeing Sooty wrap his big mits around one and kick truly. Fitta and Turner, Gavlar, Greggs Bakery and the Cannonball were working well around the ground and the backline were providing plenty of run as the Hawks were looking to get on top in the game. Unfortunately the boys were unable to turn their possession into scoreboard pressure and the Demons were able to convert their opportunities at the other end as they headed to the quarter time break with a 2 goal lead.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle with neither side able to crack the other. The Hawks back six were playing some fine footy. Jacko, Red Velvet, Reverend Ward, Master Batesy, Big Bad Bustling and DJ Thick Bleach chopping out many Demon’s forward moves and then providing plenty of drive out of the backline. Croley was providing a sensational leading forward target working hard all over the ground to get his hands on the ball and when not able to glove them cleanly made sure he wasn’t out marked. He also rewarded himself by slotting the Hawks second goal after marking and converting truly and Big Kev Donkey went close as he continued his good form taking a contested mark in the Hawks forward line.
As the Hawks came to the half time huddle the rain drops were starting to fall. The Coach wasn’t happy. He questioned his teams commitment to the contest and their focus on the game in what was probably his harshest address to the boys all year. Whatever he said it seemed to snap the boys in to action as the third quarter, which was turned into a real contest of will and desire in the wet and slippery conditions, saw the Hawks win contested footy after contested footy, get the ball going their way, lay tackle after tackle and just generally more willing to put their head over the footy than their opposition as they strove to impose themselves on the contest. Jamie nice as pie, Danny Lucas, Peanut, Si I’ve gotta Fitcock, Danger Mouse, Henry the Big Green Engine (in his final game for the Hawks), Bri and Nico all contributing to the teams attack on the footy at various stages. The wet conditions made scoring and ball handling difficult but through Croley, who continued to be a fantastic option at CHF, the Hawks found a way to goal and the game headed to ¾ time with the scores pretty much all square.
The Hawks new that if they held their nerve in the fourth quarter then they were a real chance to break their recent duck against the Demons. Big Sooty moved into the ruck and all of a sudden the Hawks were starting to get some fluency out of the middle and around the contests as his smart tap work and use of his body saw the ball end up areas of the ground that were advantageous to the Hawks. Greggs bakery got the first goal on the board to hand the hawks the lead as the Hawks continued to show the same hunger for the contest as they had shown in the third quarter. Then the defining moment of the game came. The Demons made a fast break and looked certain to find an unmarked player in their forward line. Seemingly out of the contest Big Bad Bustling came from nowhere to spoil and clear but straight to a Demons player who looked certain to put the ball back inside the forward 50 and the Hawks back under pressure. Again seemingly from nowhere DJ Thick Bleech sprung up and smothered the ball to earn the Hawks a ball up. Moments later it was Cops and Robbers diving on a Demon’s boot as it looked certain that the ball would again end up deep in the Demon’s forward line. The ball quickly transferred across the ground and the hawks moved it forward where Wardy got on the end of it and kicked truly. The Hawks had their tales up now and as the ground began to dry a little started to play a more adventurous brand of footy, moving the ball around the park in an attacking fashion and backing themselves to win the one on one contests. After a hard fought game the icing on the cake was when Big Soot (resting in the forward line or was that cheating forward?) got his big mits on one more and went back and kicked truly.
As the siren sounded the Hawks took a deserved 13 point victory, the win being punctuated by the fact that they restricted the Demons (admittedly in difficult conditions) to just one goal after quarter time. It took a while for the boys to register the enormity of their win which took the Hawks to their best season since 2007. Mind you once the lads started to break out the club song the realisation of another victory sunk in and all enjoyed the moment. Especially touching was the chairing off the ground of coach Gilly in his last game, probably undeserved, but deeply moving for the man all the same. After a few photos, cheeky cold ones and cleaning up, the Demon’s easily accounted for the Hawks in the post-game boat race. Both teams enjoyed a few beverages at the ground and even as the rain began to fall torrentially the Hawks gathered under the tree to enjoy the moment (and the cycling) as they celebrated a good day out!
Welcome to the Wimbledon Hawks
2013 has been an enjoyable season for the Hawks. Despite not making the finals in either grade the Premiership team enjoyed its most successful season since 2007. We're aiming to build on this success going into 2014. If you're interested in getting involved with the club for the 2014 season please get in contact. There may not be any footy on at the moment but there's still plenty going on at the club. So come on and get involved!
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