Hawks Keep the Upper Hand

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.
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11/8/07 Les Sands Pavilion 7.30pm

Tables Of Eight
Tickets $5.00-Must be purchased from Gail Cracknell prior to event
Prizes and Give aways
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Hawks Fight Hard

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.

Hawks Unbeatable

The top Men’s Southern River Hockey team celebrated their third consecutive win over the weekend beating Riverside Lions late Sunday night on the Shenton Turf.

The pre-game warm up was tense being a cold night. The Hawks were determined to not be the first team Riverside take three points away for their season. Goal Keeper Brett Chappells had his own target to not be the first keeper to let a goal go through against Riverside.

Once again captain (and top goal scorer for the club) Lee Hansord won the toss electing to take the ball first on the hit out. The confidence started with the whistle as the Hawks were quick to dominate at the start. They passed the ball well around the mid field creating many chances in attack. It didn’t take long until the Hawks were awarded their first Penalty Corner which gave Lee his first goal for the night after a lucky deflection off the opposition keeper. The Hawks were now in the lead.

One goal up and the Hawks were hungry for more goals. The Hawks continued to dominate in the mid field and the attacking 25 creating multiple scorering opportunities. The second goal came off another short corner this time Jonathon Lanzon was ready on the far post to deflect a raised shot safely into the net.

The Hawks started the second half with a 2-0 lead and the skill to add more to the tally. The second half was full of more scoring opportunities for the Hawks however they could only manage to get one more goal off a beautiful long range shot angled from the top of the Penalty Circle by Simon Gillespie.

Credit for the Hawks 3-0 win needs to go to the dedication of the Half Backs and especially Full Backs Leighton Keane and Robert De Wind. Their hard work in defence meant Brett was rarely tested.

The Hawks next game is on Saturday night at 7:00pm against Old Guildford at the Melville Turf. Old Guildford is breathing down the Hawks’ back in 4th position so it will be an interesting game.

Hat-Trick Hawks

Hawks Mens 1

Round 4 results are in and the Hawks are still undefeated!

This week we saw the Hawks take on Old Aquinians on Mother’s Day at the UWA turf in a match the Hawks needed to win to make solid ground in the top 4.

Three games in and the team have formed a regular line up with no changes from the previous week other than Simon Gillespie starting in defence in place of Rob De Wind who was delayed in making hit off time.

With Lee Hansord winning the toss the Hawks took the ball for the start of the game hit out. The game started with anxious times on both sides trying to keep their opposition goal-less. However it wasn’t too long when the Hawks put themselves in the lead after a scramble in front of Old Aquinians’ goals and Guy Hoskin knocking the ball over the line.

With the Hawks in the lead they continued to show their dominance after some quality team work and a second goal with Lee adding to his total. The Old Aquinians were kept under pressure after the Hawks were awarded multiple penalty corners pulling out another two goals courtesy of a variation from Leighton Keane to Lee to Jonathon Lanzon and back to Lee for a flick into goals. The first half ended 3-0 to the Hawks.

The second half started and the Hawks were quickly tested in defence, however goalie Brett Chappells showed his skill keeping the Old Aquinians goal-less. The Hawks quickly regrouped putting the pressure back on allowing Guy to get his second goal for the game. The goals didn’t stop there after the Hawks created their best team work so far (quoted by Coach Barry) seeing Lee finish the game with a hat-trick and his fifth goal for the club.

Final score; 5-0 to the Hawks. Well done to all it was a classy display of team work. The Hawks next game is against Riverside Lions on Sunday the 20th at 7:00pm on the Shenton Turf.

Home Crowd Watch Winning Hawks

Mother’s Day weekend and the Hawks Club Rooms were filled with supporters for a spectacle of hockey on both fields.

The first time slot saw the Hawks Womens’ side convincingly beat Riverside Lions 8-0 on field 1. On Field 2 the result was 3-1 to the U15 Hawks pushing them up to 2nd position with their win against Mazenod after a hat-trick to Connor Cracknell.

The second group of games started (or didn’t) with the Mens 3 team being awarded the win after a forfeit from Whitfords. Unfortunately the other game scheduled at this time slot wasn’t as successful with the Vets side narrowing missing out to the CT Pirates with a 0-1 loss.

Next week there will only be one home game with the Vets side taking on Hale at 3:30pm.

Hawks Leave a Mark

Hawks in Attack

Round 3 and this was the Hawks second game of the season after having a rest from the bye last week. The team having narrowly missed out on a win in the first week were determined to take away three points from this eagerly anticipated game.

The line-up was the same as the last game except for the addition of Leighton into fullback (after his role with one of WA’s state teams over East) and Kevin moving into right Half. Unfortunately for the opposition, Willetton, they were down on players and weren’t able to field a full team for the start of the match.

The whistle blew, the game was off, and the Hawks took advantage of their extra players pouncing on Willetton’s defence to take control of the game. Willetton did well to defend a strong Hawks team however the Hawks were too strong with Lee putting the Hawks in the lead with his first shot from a short corner.

The Hawks continued their strong form with impressive team work opening gaps in Willetton’s defence creating plenty of goal shooting opportunities. No one close to the goals was safe as the hawks knocked an extra five goals on the board with an extra goal from Lee, two goals from Jonathon, one goal from Daniel, and one goal from Guy putting the official score line at 6-0 on the half time mark.

The second half started and Willetton put up a strong attack with multiple attacking short corners. Brett was determined to leave the score line clean and did well to keep the goals safe from a Willetton shot. Before the end of the game the Hawks managed another two goals; one goal to Simon and another from Lee to give him his hat trick.

After an impressive performance from a goal scoring Hawks Team the electronic scoreboard was unable to keep up missing one of Lee’s goals and finalising the win as 7-0. The Hawks next game is against Old Aquinians on Sunday the 13th at 1:00pm on the UWA Turf.

Hawks Draw 1-1

Mens 1 Team

On Sunday the 22nd of April the Mens 1 team had their first game of the season against the Subs at Shenton Turf. The day was wet and windy with frequent light shows in the night sky, thankfully the turf was lightning free.

The Hawks Line-up saw Brett in goals, Kevin and Rob as the Full Backs, Gavin in Centre Half, James and Steve the other Half Backs, Daniel and Guy on the Wings, Lee and Carl the Inners and Jonathon playing Centre Forward.

Captain Leigh won the toss and elected to start with the ball. The game started with excitement from the top Hawks team who held the ball well. The Hawks passed the ball around nicely and kept the subs on their toes. The first half saw three close attacking shots from the Hawks and just as many defensive short corners. The half ended with a drawing score line of 0-0.

The second half started with the same line up as the start of the game with the Hawks showing early determination after wise words from Coach Barry. Early in the second half Simon sent a beauty of a shot from the tightest of angles at the top of the D to put Hawks in front 1-0. The Hawks held on to the lead as hard as they could successfully defending multiple short corners however 2 minutes before the end of the game Subs managed to get one back with a goal off a deflection on the post.

The game ended in a draw 1-1 with the Hawks’ heads held high after a good game with a tough competitor. The team thanks James for his hard work after playing two games on the weekend and Jonathon for keeping the pressure on the Subs defence.

The Hawks next game is against Willetton on Saturday the 5th of May at 4:00pm on Melville Turf. Watch out for the return of super defender Leighton!