Hawks make his­tory at home

Rugby teams take over Cahill Park for three days

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Meg Bolton Meg.bolton@gat­ton­star.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: The un­der-12 Gat­ton Hawks girls made his­tory on Friday night, run­ning on the field for their first game.

The match was not only a first for many of the un­der-12s, the event was also the in­au­gu­ral girls’ game at Cahill Park.

While scores aren’t recorded in the girls’ ju­nior rugby league com­pe­ti­tion, girls’ co-or­di­na­tor Sarah Ryan said the young foot­ballers played as if they were putting points on the score­board.

“All of the girls put in a great ef­fort, with many of them (in un­der-12) mak­ing their de­but,” Ryan said.

But with the un­der-12 girls still strug­gling to field a team, the op­po­si­tion, Toowoomba Brothers Rugby League Club, had to lend the Hawks play­ers.

In un­der-14s, the Hawks girls were the stand-outs.

“Their de­fence on the try line was ex­cep­tional and their cover de­fence saved a lot of tries,” Ryan said.

“The game high­lighted a few ar­eas we need to work on, such as mov­ing our de­fence line up in gen­eral play and putting pres­sure on the other team.

“But we com­pleted most of our at­tack­ing sets and are start­ing to use the moves we are prac­tis­ing at train­ing.”

The un­der-14s also had to bor­row play­ers from Brothers but with strong par­tic­i­pa­tion in the un­der-17s, they were able to field an all-hawk team.

Num­bers aren’t the only qual­ity the un­der-17s team has plenty of – with Michelle Bobby and Ash­lea Nolan be­ing se­lected in the un­der-16 Mus­tangs rep­re­sen­ta­tive side, their tal­ent can’t be de­nied.

The girls were just the start of a full week­end of rugby league at Cahill Park.

On Satur­day the ju­nior Hawks took on Pittsworth, fol­lowed by the se­nior Hawks on Sun­day, who played Val­leys.

C grade kicked off the day with a com­fort­able win 34–10, which was fol­lowed by the un­der-18s, who took the Hawks to new heights with a 62–22 win.

Car­ry­ing too many in­juries and with­out a cap­tain, re­serve grade went down 34–8 and scores got even worse in A grade.

Val­leys se­cured a 50–10 win over the Hawks’ top team but coach Shaun Hob­son watched the de­feat in awe of their op­po­si­tion.

“In my time in­volved with the Gat­ton Hawks, the Val­leys’ first half was the best I have seen any op­po­si­tion play,” Hob­son said.

“They were very clin­i­cal and ruth­less and just re­fused to al­low us into the game.”

Hawks play at home again this week­end.


FIRST TIME: Emily Power played her de­but game for the Hawks.

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