Saturday 7th July saw the Hawks Vets travel to Newman College to tackle the second placed team in the competition. Due to a couple of unforeseen circumstance the team took to the field with ten fit players and Janson Hoskins on one leg due to a knee injury.
The game started and immediately the Hawks were on the attack. Some constructive midfield work by Barry Vanderputt and John Heath saw the ball deep in Newmans defensive area when a free sideline hit from Paul Dixie found the dangerous John Trent in the circle, the teams leading goal scorer calmly slotted the ball to put the Hawks 1-0 up within the opening few minutes. This sparked the Newman team and they attacked ferociously but some outstanding defensive work from fullbacks Len Davies and Peter Cupitt kept them at bay. Dave Vanderputt was impassable in goals and some fine saves frustrated the Newman forwards The half time score line was 1-0 and the Hawks were sensing an upset.
For the Hawks’ Provisional 2 Men’s team this week’s game was a must win. The team had gone three consecutive games without a win, allowing fourth position room to close in. With a line up against fifth position Old Guildford the Hawks were easy favourites.
To Coach Barry Vanderputt’s delight all players arrived early and eager on a cold Sunday evening at the Melville Turf. After some major changes in the last few weeks this game was not much different with Gavin McLarren and Nathan Messer back in to replace John Heath and Barry Vanderputt. While James Gradisen was in the side to replace Steve Martino who was unavailable.
This week the Hawks’ number one men’s team were matched up against Riverside Lions on an unsettled Saturday afternoon at UWA. The Hawks were coming from a two week losing streak against a team they have beaten twice previously. The odds were in their favour.
Like the Hawks’ losing streak, they have also had multiple team line-up changes in the previous two games. This week was no different with Simon Gillespie back from injury, Leighton Keane available again, and Coach Barry Vanderputt putting his mouth guard in to help the team out after Steven DeWind and Nathan Messer were both unavailable. This is on top of Center Midfield Gavin McLarren still being out.
Nine rounds into the Provisional 2 Competition and this was the first showdown between the Hawks and second position UWA. This weekend’s game was at UWA’s home turf on a late (and cold) Saturday night. A win in this game would move the Hawks side to second. A loss would mean the Hawks had more ground to cover to be minor premiers.
Once again the team line up had some major changes with John Heath filling in for Leighton Keane and Gavin Mclarren who were unavailable, while Brett Chappels was back and roaring in place of Andrew Airey. All players knew this was an important game. Everyone was pumped and eager to take second spot away from the unknown UWA side.
The season’s most anticipated game for the Hawks’ number one men’s side against top side Subs occurred at Joondalup on the weekend. The game had a lot running on it. A win would see the Hawks at the top of the ladder. A lost would mean the Hawks need to fight harder to make it to the Challenge Cup.
The game was held late on Sunday afternoon at the mysterious location of Joondalup Arena. Mysterious because it has been over a year since the Hawks have made their way up to Joondalup and it will be their last long trek for the season.
This week the Southern River’s number one men’s side showed bottom of the ladder Old Aquinians why they are undefeated. However the game was anything put a cruise in the park after trying times almost cost the Hawks their closing grip on the top two sides.
The match up against Old Aquinians was at UWA’s Turf on a nice warm Sunday afternoon. The Hawks knew they were going to be tested after major changes in the team line-up. Carl Vanderputt and Simon Gillespie were out from injury and trusted goal keeper Brett Chappells was unable to make the game making room for Thomas Vince in goals and Steven Martino up front.
16 JUNE 2007-LES SANDS PAVILION 7.30PM
Indian Cuisine At Fantastic Low Prices
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11/8/07 Les Sands Pavilion 7.30pm
Tables Of Eight
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Prizes and Give aways
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21/7/07 Les Sands Pavilion 7.30pm
Traditional Xmas Menu
Novelties & Give aways
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$5.00 (Under 13)
Southern River’s top Men’s Team had a hard battle to get victory over Old Guildford over the weekend. Last week we saw the Hawks easily beat Riverside, however this week it was a different story. Statistically you would assume the Hawks would win however not without breaking a strong defence, and this is exactly what happened.
This week’s game was on Saturday night at the Melville Turf. Although the weather was calm there were worrying moments when the team’s captain eventually turned up to the right venue after being redirected by a Shenton Turf ground controller for being at the wrong place.
Crisis over the Hawks were pumped and ready for battle. Once again Captain Lee Hansord proved his worth winning the toss and electing to start with the ball. The whistle blew and the Hawks were quick to attack with the midfield controlling the ball creating multiple attacking opportunities. However Old Guildford weren’t going anywhere as they too increased the pressure testing the Hawks’ strong defence. Luckily Rob DeWind and Leighton Keane were tuned in eliminating the need for keeper Brett Chappells to touch the ball in the first half.
By the end of the half the game was still a draw; 0-0. The next half started, this time with Old Guildford stepping up the fight. There were many close calls that would have surly seen the Hawks trailing if it wasn’t for Brett’s coverage in the goals. The close calls continued when a Hawks defensive Short Corner saw Old Guildford being awarded a Penalty Stroke after the first Short Corner shot was blocked by Leighton’s knee. Thanks to Fate (as Leighton’s knee is higher than the backboard) Brett made an awkward save keeping the Hawks in the game.
The close downfall to the Hawks saw a change of direction as the Hawks turned up the heat dominating in all directions of the field. The Hawks were finally awarded a goal after Leighton took the most of an attacking Short Corner (and the help from the Guildford defence) slotting the ball behind the line on his first shot. The goals didn’t stop there when once again the Hawks were awarded a attacking Short Corner, this time Lee making a perfect strike hitting the back board hard on an angled shot.
Two goals up and the Hawks didn’t have much time to relax before the final whistle blew. Game over, the Hawks win again! The Hawks keep their winning form beating Old Guildford 2-0 ensuring their position in the top three.
Next week the Hawks get a well deserved rest due to a general bye. However keep your diary open for Sunday the 10th when the Hawks take on Old Aquinians for the second time in the season.