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Hawk's Newsletter #9 - Curtain drawn on Old Timer's....Jubilee Cup looms!

Results for last weekend's matches


Premiers vs Avalon

In front of a large Old Timer's Day crowd, the Hawks vaulted themselves into third place with a 32-0 win over a nuggety Avalon at Helston Park. Avalon started the strongest and were unlucky not to score in the opening stages with several chances being closed down by desperate defense. However, it was the Hawks who took their chance with a dominant scrum shoving the Wolves back and Serge Hollis scoring. That was converted by Mark Sutton, but a later penalty was the only addition to the first-half scoring as Avalon hung tough.


Sutton opened the second half scoring with a second penalty, before Aukuso Tuitama beat several defenders to score. Regan Herbert scored the Hawks third before a lengthy break of about 30 minutes due to a serious leg injury to Avalon hooker Koli Bower interrupted matters. After the resumption Finlay Sharp scored the bonus point try, before a conference ensued in the gathering gloom and referee chose to end matters after about 67 minutes of play. A fantastic Old Timer's evening proceeded with a number of presentations, notably the capping of Hawks fullback centurion Jacob Walmsley. It was a special moment for a special player and his fantastic family.

The team is away to Wainui for the final game of the Swindale Shield and a win will secure the team a top four position and if results go their way a home quarter final in the Jubilee Cup. We wish Avalon player Koli Bower a speedy recovery.


Premier Reserves vs Avalon

Old Timer's, a day where we celebrate those who have worn the jersey before us. So much emotion & pride flows through the club as we prepare a lay and wait for some hungry Wolves who are determined to secure their first victory.


Right from the get go, the Wolves were hungry and it seemed like they were looking for some Hawks to take home for supper as they came out strong being physical upfront disrupting the Reserves structure and putting them on the back foot, eventually being the first to strike with points on the board! Despite their efforts, The Hawks were not going to let the Wolves get the better of them, so in true Old Timer's fashion, they regathered themselves, got rid of the emotions built up from the occasion and started to string some phases together which saw the start of the hunted becoming the hunter and one by one, the tries started piling in!


The Premier Reserves efforts & patience paid off as the Wolves started slowing down & became tired, whilst the Hawks kept punishing them with a relentless attack with the forwards being physical & the backs running around the opposition scoring spectacular tries which kick started the celebrations for Old Timer's as they emerged victorious with the final score 37-13.

Premier Reserves lads on a real run home!


Mighty Cripples vs Upper Hutt J8's

Another great Old Timer's Day was had and another frustrating close fought loss for the boys vs a very good J8s team. I can think of many reasons why we lost, I could blame average reffing 30 minute halves, key injuries, but the reality is we are good enough to win these games but on the day we just didn’t do enough losing 22 to 19.


The boys need to shake it off get back to Mahi on Wednesday as we are playing Wests for the Sandy Mousey Cup which we hold and means a lot not contested for 7 years. 4 more games to express ourselves and our skills left in the round. Last night was special for some loyal Prem brothers congratulations but the special award, life membership went to a life long mate of mine and a absolute true legend of the Cripples and our club Perry Poo Barber, good job well deserved!

 

Draw for this week


A quality line up of rugby home and away on Saturday. The Premiers & Premier Reserves travel over the hill to Wainui and our Terrahawks U85's have a match doubling as both competition and a National Club Cup match at Helston. Get along!

The Newlands (& Onslow) First XV have a challenging proposition hosting St Pats Town 2nd XV on Saturday at Newlands, 2.30pm kick off. Certainly held their own against Hutt Valley High last weekend.


This week's poll

Our Premier's sit 3rd, a win secures a crucial top 4 spot for the Jubilee Cup. How does it finish over the hill?

  • Hawk's 13+

  • Hawks 1-12

  • Draw

  • Wainui 1-12


 

What a Beaut of an Old Timer's Day!


What a great day on & off the field we all enjoyed, from the delicious lunch, exciting games, awards & music. It was so good to see many faces from past players, everyone looked like they were having a great catch up with friends not seen for a while.


Thanks to our junior clubs for bringing the kids along, they get a real buzz running out with the players & I'm sure the big boys do too, it's a great way for all ages to be involved in our celebration.


Big thanks must also go to our bar staff who work very hard at Old Timer's plus a big thanks to our young team of kitchen helpers who clear tables, do dishes, cook chips etc, while they are doing this it means we can be in the club not the kitchen, thanks girls & guys.


Congratulations to the following players on receiving awards:

  • 100 Game Badge - Jacob Walmsley, well done

  • Life Membership - Perry Barber, very much deserved

BLAZERS (for 25 matches for the Premier's)

  • Aaron Fawkes

  • Tayne Laird Mahu

  • Sami Raja

  • Adney Roebeck

  • Jason Tuitama

And let's not forget two of our coaches being presented with blazers for their great service, Jason Adamson and Dallas Paotonu.


Congratulations to you all.






The Centurion, the Life-member, the Blazers, the Hawk's masses and those trying to snare a vote.


BAR FRIDGE

Well done Wayne Somerville on winning the much sought after bar fridge.

THANKS to PROBRANDS for the fridge donation, also a big thanks to 1841 for supplying our tasty lunch hams which disappeared in no time.


Volunteer Week

This week is national volunteer week so we would like to say a HUGE thanks to all our volunteers at both senior & junior clubs, including referees, linesmen & groundsmen, without you all giving your time there would be no clubs. We are very fortunate to have a lot of dedicated volunteers but there's always room for more should anyone be looking for something to get involved in.


Wellington Lions Wider Training Squad Named

Well done to the players from our mighty Hawks Premiers who have been selected to attend the Wellington Lions wider training squad:

  • HA'AMEA AHIO

  • JAMES DOUGLAS

  • ANTHONY PETTETT

  • OLLY PAOTONU

  • JASON TUITAMA

Such great news with five of you being selected, congratulations & good luck. For more information: https://www.wrfu.co.nz/news/wellington-lions-name-wider-training-squad


Subs

Thanks to those that paid subs on Saturday, much appreciated. Our $150.00 draw was won by an U85 player, the draw next Saturday will be $50.00.

Our next fundraising evening is Sunday 16th July, a quiz night at 1841, teams of eight, the more teams the better so start looking to get teams together, book a table for dinner then enjoy the evening.

We hope you all have a great week, good luck for this week's games. Up the Hawks!

Cherie, Trina & Blair.

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