Match Report: Round 10 - Wimbledon Hawks V North London Lions (12/07/14 - Bounds Green)
The last round of the home and away season saw the Hawks travelling up to Bounds Green to take on the North London Lions. The warm humid day was made even more uncomfortable by the hour long trip on the Piccadilly Line, most of us emerged from the underground sweating like the riot police in Rio.
The Lions premiership side had already secured their finals spot, so this Round 10 match was effectively a dead rubber. This didn’t stop a full squad of Hawkers turning up for the match…. a match considered by most of them to be curtain raiser for the Boat Race minor Premiership (more about that later). A strong premiership team with six players starting on the bench meant we would be up for any Lions challenge.
The first quarter saw the Lions come out of the blocks quickly, kicking uphill into the tree. Their midfielders gave plenty of delivery into their forward 50. Dan Weymouth, Dave Hastie and President Rossco did a great job to hold down some of the Lions key forwards, minimising the damage on the scoreboard. Charlie Smee entered the game on the wing and kicked a classy goal within minutes of running onto the ground.
The second quarter started with a few changes to the Hawks Structure. Big Sooty was moved down back as Rossco was attended to by the club veterinarian after straining a flank, and Dan Weymouth moved up to Centre Half Forward to add some grunt to the forward line. Again the back six defied many Lions attacks, by this stage many of them realising it was going to be a long hard day against the Lions well-drilled forward line.
North London were held well in the first half but lapses in concentration let them kick a lot of their goals in quick succession, the scoreboard was doing no justice to how well the back six were holding their men and also how much hard work had been done by our on-ballers. The Hawks continued to fight it out in the third quarter, the birthday boy Dan Evenhuis did his best to be a nuisance on the wing picking up a load of possessions. He also should have also been awarded a blatant 50m penalty after receiving a late push into the turf after taking a strong mark in front of his much bigger and experienced opponent. Spot fires broke out across the ground after this incident and the Hawks came in at three quarter time hungry for more and ready to exact some revenge on the scoreboard.
The last quarter was to be the last twenty-five minutes of football that some players would play in the Brown & Gold. The realisation that many of them would be playing with their mates for the last time along with the desire to get even for the previous quarters injustices, culminated in one of the best quarters we played this season. A master coaching manoeuvre to shift last gamers Jinksy and Skewsey into the forward line paid off immediately. The newly disorganised Lions backline looked vulnerable for the first time in the match.
Simon (Adam Hunter) Jinks in the swingman role immediately got his hands on the ball and delivered into the forward line spotting up Kev. Kev then went back and kicked long into the forward pocket where Rossco (all of a sudden looking spritely after his visit to the vet) pounced on the unmarked kick of Kev and then slotted one of the best “Peter Daicos like” goals you will ever see…. hard up against the boundary line, getting the ball to “off-break” just at the right moment to bounce straight through the goals. The Hawks were up and about and kept on coming with attack after attack into their forward line. The last passage of play was a beautifully constructed piece of team play which ended in Skewsey taking a strong mark 40m out from goal. The siren sounded and Skewsey with the last kick of the season, and his last kick as a Hawker put it straight through the middle.
North London took the win, but the fight and endeavour shown by all 24 players on Saturday was a terrific way to end 2014. The momentum we had from the fourth quarter carried on into the boat race where our star drinkers gave North London a lesson in downing pints, thus taking the minor premiership with them at the same time. We would go onto be Boat Race premiers at the League presentation the next day, showing why we really are a drinking club with a football problem!
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