Hawks and Roost­ers in high-scor­ing draw

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr and Rebecca Par­ish

The Hed­land Hawks have fi­nally had a run on their home pad­dock af­ter mul­ti­ple sched­ule changes threw up a last-minute fix­ture against a Kar­ratha Roost­ers out­fit bol­stered with fresh faces.

The game proved an 80-minute high­light reel as it see-sawed all night, cul­mi­nat­ing in a block­buster 42-all draw.

Hawk Josh Young played hard in the mid­dle, prov­ing hard to tackle, while Ge­orge Mal­lie had a per­fect night with the boot.

Rory Mur­phy was also strong for the Hawks, run­ning in for three tries. The half-time score was 24-all. The Roost­ers have been show­ing shades of their dual pre­mier­ship­win­ning 2013 and 2014 form and that was on dis­play again at the week­end.

With all teams now guar­an­teed a fi­nals spot be­cause of the Storm for­feit­ing, the visi­tors will fancy their chances of a tilt at the tro­phy if they can find more con­sis­tency.

The Hawks have been largely untested this sea­son and the Bron­cos’ for­tunes will rely on their abil­ity to put a full-strength team to­gether.

Bar­ring an up­set such as last year, it is any­one’s guess who will face Wasps in this year’s de­cider.

The Hawks and Roost­ers drew 42-all. Pic­tures: Rebecca Par­ish

The ref­eree re­calls play­ers.

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