Results for last weekend's matches
Premier's vs Upper Hutt
Our Hawks hold on for a big win on the road 41-39 against the Upper Hutt Rams.
The Hawks ventured out to Maidstone Park looking for 7 wins, playing for the inaugural Kerry Williams Cup, we knew it was going to take a full 80 minute performance to seal the victory.
With absolutely stunning conditions it was going to be a mouth watering contest, the talk all week was who had the best backline?
It wasn’t a great start for the Hawks losing Raja Sami in the warm up so we had to think on our feet and rejig the forward pack and promote Dean Ropata from water boy to the bench. The Hawks again got off to a slow start, with Niall being charged down twice, the Rams jumped on the opportunity and scored early.
That seemed to trigger the Hawks, wave after wave of attack saw Niall score a well deserved try in the right corner, then straight after the kick off, Finlay finished off a try in the same corner from some hard work up front. With the blue machine full of confidence, the backline started to run riot with Olly scoring in the same corner after an inside pass from Jacob, then Finlay getting his second try under the posts after well deserved move seeing slick hands from Lucas off the pod to Jacob busting the line back inside to Regan then to the flying Finlay under the sticks.
The Rams hit back with a try and penalty late in the half, and then the killer blow came when the Hawks had a defensive scrum 5 meters from our line, with a solid platform Mark went blind, hit Jacob with a 2 on 1 and set Jason free down the left flank, Jason draw last line of defence back to Jacob who sailed into the left corner sending all the blue supporters into a frenzy! Mark converted taking Hawks to a 31-15 half time lead.
The big focus at halftime was to defend our lead and keep attacking. Rams piled on a heap of pressure scoring back to back tries and closing the gap to 31-29. After a wave of penalties Serge was given a yellow card which put more pressure on the Hawks. But the resilience of the Hawks was unbelievable with Kuso making a break down the right wing, setting a ruck, recycled quick ball, with Tevita punching the midfield, Hawks recycled and went wide and inform left winger Jason scored a stunner to push the lead to 38-29.
The Rams kept fighting and with number 8 Toby Cosby crashing over kept them in the fight at 39-34. Hawks piled on more pressure and were given advantage after a high shot 40 meters out. Sharp shooter Mark stepped up slotting a crucial penalty to take the lead to 8 meaning Rams had to score twice in last 5 minutes. Rams piled on more pressure and did eventually score and converting making it 41-39. With 2 minutes on the clock, Rams attacked from there half and with the Hawks giving away a penalty they kicked for touch. Hawks attacked the line out and won a turn over, Mark taking the ball into high contact awarding Hawks a penalty, with time still to play, Hawks kept the ball in hand and rumbled up the field eventually clearing to touch winning a thriller 41-39.
The resilience the boys showed was unbelievable, so proud to be a Hawk!! Once again thanks to all our loyal supporters who made the trek to Maidstone who got to witness a high class game of footy!!
A big shout out to all our sponsors. Super liquor for providing all our ice, without your support we couldn’t be where we are currently. We hope to see everyone at Porirua Park to hopefully confirm Jubliee Cup status for the first time in over 20 years.
Ant's, Kuso and Finlay on the carry in the respective images above.
Premier Reserves vs Upper Hutt
No report this week for the lads, however, they went down in a tough one 51-17 to a strong Rams second side. Onwards and upwards to Norths!
Terrahawk's 85's vs Eastbourne Seagulls
The Terrahawk's won the battle of the birds at the beach in Eastbourne on a sunny first Saturday of Winter winning with the last play of the game 27-25. Coming from behind to lead for the first time in the game with the last play of the day made the trip out (and back in the stadium traffic) worthwhile.
Eastbourne came out of the blocks strong with most of the territory and possession in the first half and led 10-nil after the first half hour. The T'hawks eventually managed to hold onto the ball and clawed back a well worked try when halfback Kieran Mee lived up to his pound for pound status to carry over half the Eastbourne pack to make it 10-5. Unfortunately, the boys let in a soft try just before halftime to trail at the half 17-5.
Things didn't improve after the break and some soft missed tackles led to being behind on the scoreboard 22-5 with 30 mins to play. The coaches made some changes to bring on some fresh legs and one of the teams koro's playing at no. 8, the ageless Shane Mathie scored a try next to the posts converted by Eti Brown to bring it closer. With the bench changes and this try, it saw a shift in momentum and although both teams traded penalties to make it 25-15 to Eastbourne, the boys fitness kicked in and a well worked converted try off a midfield scrum 30 metres out to fullback Eti 'the speed' Brown made it 25-22 Eastbourne with it all to play for in the last 4 minutes.
Eastbourne re-started and the boys with their tails up held onto the ball and built phases to go 90 metres with some good lead up work through hooker and captain Jamie Walker and Callum George to score out on the right hand side to winger Davonte 'NSW Blues' Babbington who went in untouched to seal the deal.
The Roosters Decorators Man of the Match went to makeshift lock Callum 'Run it straight' George who led from the front in the unfamiliar position of lock.
Points scorers: Tries: Kieran Mee, Shane Mathie, Eti Brown & Davonte Babbington Eti Brown 2 conversions & 1 penalty. Next week, the boys play MSP at Kilbirnie at 2.45pm looking to go 5 from 9. The Terrahawk's would like to thank the following sponsors for their help in 2023:
The Cripple's and Pressie's had no matches over the long weekend.
Draw for this week
All sides are back on deck this week so plenty of rugby around the traps for our Hawk's supporters base to enjoy! Our Woodridge Homes Premier's take on Norths for the Barlow Trophy out at Porirua Park (number 2).....can we add another piece of silverware for the cabinet?
The Newlands (and Onslow) First XV travel to Bishop Viard College for a key clash with both sides finding the going of Premier 2 challenging. Kick off at 2.30pm. Come on the young lads!
This week's poll
For those of you backing the Maroon's in game 1 of the State of Origin series, well done. A great start with a trip to Suncorp for game 2!
What is on!
Baton's Up - This weekend!
Don't forget to come back to the club this Saturday for the BATONS UP cash draw at 6.45pm till 7pm.
JUNE 17TH - OLD TIMERS DAY
Another OTD is nearly here again, we have the Avalon Wolves that day. This is always a great day to celebrate all past players, management, volunteers! Get the pass outs sorted along with the kid-sitters, or just bring the whanau of course!
JULY 16TH - 1841 QUIZ NIGHT
This is a club fundraiser, get a team together, book a table for pre dinner then enjoy a fun quiz & some raffles, apparently you can buy as many answers as you like so come along your team may win.
'Subs', 'Subs', 'Subs'
With rising costs of everything from gear to insurances, meals & ground costs to mention a few it is a great time to get your subs paid ASAP. Thanks to those who have already done so this is very much appreciated.
2023 Subs are $40.00 pp social fee, Country sub $20.00, Partner of a financial player is $20.00.
The deets: 01-0519-0070195-00, reference your name.
Beer Fridge Raffle
Tickets have begun to sell for the Hawk's beer fridge kindly donated by Probrands, $5.00 a ticket, it will be drawn on Old Timer's Day. (Beer Fridge is on display on the stage) ONLY A SHORT TIME LEFT UNTIL THIS IS DRAWN, GET IN & SUPPORT THIS CLUB FUNDRAISER.
Newland's Juniors Hangi Fundraiser
Get behind this one and enjoy some wonderful kai!
All the best for the games this weekend and we hope to see you at the club for Baton's Up!
Cherie, Trina & Blair.