On a day which started out as if it might storm, and ended up with the parents reaching for the sunscreen, Team Hawkins played it’s final game of the regular season on Steve Chisholm Oval facing the Leichhardt Cygnets, against whom we’d had a good win earlier on in the season.
Coach Roger emphasized in his pre-game address our match focus points of backing off the mark when taking a free kick, looking for a team mate with your disposals, and helping your team mates out in the contest. 3-gamer Lewis must’ve impressed the selection panel at Thursday night training, because he was awarded the Captaincy for the match, and he lead his team of twelve out, which included U10 Selwood ring-in Harry Arnold.
The first quarter is traditionally our weakest, and this week was no different, for despite the ball being forward for a large portion of the quarter, the Cats and Cygnets had scored one goal each, ours coming through Jude kicking out of a pack. The second quarter things turned for the Cats, with Hudson kicking three almost identical goals from in front close to the mid-zone after breaking free. Leichhardt seemed to have a lot of big fellahs, indeed some of the match ups looked frightening, but Team Hawkins wasn’t fazed, and went into half-time well ahead. During the half-time break, Coach asked his charges to focus on helping their team mates rather than going for the individual effort, and were reminded to move laterally across the field with the ball.
The third quarter was more challenging, and if it wasn’t for some nice tackling by Angus, strong marking and a goal from Ryan, and a very nice mark and goal from Harry, the result could have been quite different. The boys were showing signs of tiring, and coach resorted to the jelly snakes at three-quarter time to inspire them.
With the promise from his grandfather of monetary reward for goals and behinds kicked, Noah was fired up when rotated forward in the last quarter, and quickly scored a major. Jude also scored his second from the boundary after winning a tap and sharking the spilled ball nicely, and Zak scored two good goals after his trademark break from the pack. The siren sounded for full-time and “We are Lane Cove” was sung as strong as the game had been played.
It was a pleasing finish to the regular season for Team Hawkins and we had a good contribution across the board. Hudson impressed with his drive from the centre and rebound from defence, and was awarded the Defensive Play of the day. Harry Arnold was a good inclusion, he continually booted it through the middle and kicked a nice goal in the third. He was awarded Best Team Player. Shane was tireless, also scored a major in the third and was awarded the coaches Hot Chocolate sponsored by Finks Cafe.
Team Hawkins is looking forward to the U10s gala day, which is is scheduled for next Sunday at Allan Border Oval Mosman.