Sunday was another bright sunny day, and things were looking good for Team Hawkins with the game being moved virtually last minute from a sodden Curl Curl to a sparkling Blackman Park. Hawkins has a bit of history with the Mustangs – they were our opponents in the Gala Day Grand Final and they inflicted our heaviest loss of this season in Round 4.
We were a little low on numbers once again, and Captain Ryan led ten men plus two Manly loan players onto the field for the coin-toss. Almost from the centre-bounce our mids and defenders were under pressure, with Manly kicking three majors in the first quarter and two in the second. Zak kicked a nice goal only a minute into the second to lessen the pain somewhat, but it was a depressed team that came into half-time four goals behind.
Coach Roger’s half time address made it quite plain to the boys that even though Manly were a very good side, what was lacking on our side was pressure and intent. Team Hawkins took this message to heart, and produced a more even second-half, with play that more accurately reflects were the two teams were at. Manly were held scoreless in the third, and it was unfortunate that The Cats could only kick a couple of behinds. Ryan led from the front in the final quarter, kicking confidently to score Team Hawkins only goal in the period.
Zak is one who enjoys playing the Mustangs, his game against them in Round 4 was outstanding and this one was no different. For his continual strong clearance work and run in all quarters and goal in the second he was awarded the Best Defensive Play and the Coaches Hot Chocolate. Noah was solid all game, took a great juggling contested mark in the second and was awarded Best Team Player.
Team Hawkins next game is not till Sunday 21 July against Balgowlah Suns Blue at Blackman but a reminder that training is still on at our regularly scheduled timeslot.