Hawks post first draw
Bendigo v Woodend-Hesket
July 1, 2018.
By Ben Bush
The WHM travelled to Bendigo this week to play a strong home side in the B52s. The Bombers have made a solid show of it the last couple of years when they travelled to play us, with Robbo previously donning the red and black to play with his former team mates. With Robbo a no show this time, Bendigo were freed up to play some really good strong running football 😉
Bendigo opened fast and strong putting 4 goals on the board fast and testing our resolve across the backline
To this end, Willow as full back was a machine and kept Bendigo from running away more. He repelled plenty of attacks and marked strongly.
A big shout out must go to Andy from Kerang for stepping up to help with numbers…and then almost immediately stepping down with a calf injury. Football is indeed a tragic poet.
The mighty Hodor wasn’t playing but provided a confidence boost to us all by attending in his paramedic uniform. Stylish stuff.
We were lucky enough to witness a double “Raco Attacko” today, with regular Racs getting the ball everywhere (and getting Bendigo’s nomination for Our Best) and brother Joe Raco throwing on the jumper in the forward line and putting away 3 tasty goals. Travis Tuck had his first game in a while with some good running through the packs, but his warm up left plenty to be desired (gravity fella- get used to it!). Jobe and Keir have both established themselves as hard reliable runners and they had plenty of the ball at their ends and kept their opponents accountable all day.
Al and Leroy play tough football. They break packs and create opportunities. They remind you of a staffy terrier that’s been let off a chain. They are all muscle and when they start running you won’t stop them. To that end, Al took out Best on ground with the Milko award today.
Jason Koliba was making excellent space on the wing and flank and once the rest of us began to honour his efforts up the ground the hawks began to put majors on the board.
Pete McBride went off early with back pain but not before contributing some strong marking and being a consistent target around the ground with a goal to top it off.
Crowie is ever reliable and had some good strong hustle up the defensive end as he always does, as did fordy coming in and out of ruck duties. Fordy is known for his ability to execute the ‘dont argue’, although it doesn’t always come off. Dusty Martin would be proud…if not a little perplexed. It sometimes looks like Fordy runs directly at opponents just to push them away. Not to be known as a one trick pony, he also appeared to switch codes for a moment, setting up a punters role for Bendigo by simply putting the ball down on the ground mid play…the tool award found its home for a few weeks.
Razer and Simon also took on some of the ruck against some tough opponents while dropping back into the forward line to provide good targets. It would be remiss of this scribe to not mention the vertical stature of one of Razors opponents who got the better of him with a tap out…so I’ll mention it and move on.
A big part of this match was won by Bendigo in the first quarter when they exploded from the gates with 4 goals and kept the Hawks, who were probably expecting a less high paced game, very quiet on the score board. As the third and fourth quarter played out the general fitness of the hawks maintained some pressure and attacked well but the damage was done.
Mick Woodbury was nifty across the half forward line running onto some loose ball and getting some important possessions to push forward. With our numbers low Deano even threw a jumper on to get amongst the play. If nothing else his board shorts would have caused a little “confusion and delay” for Bendigo, to quote The Fat Controller from Thomas Tank Engine.
Charged as I am with scribe duties I will resist the temptation to over play my goal, but Daz it felt magnificent fella (it was probably just “ok” though)
Mark aka ‘Big Matt’ Kohne took away the new leaves award. Kohney has shown again and again that he will be exactly where you need him to be, and when yours truly spotted him crossing the forward line into position getting the ball on his chest and a conversion to 6 points was a safer bet than Black Caviar. With such a strong game being recognised with the New Leaves award, he is a player to remember (and Pete…he’s even a player/team mate who’s name you’d remember).
The Bendigo boys ran out a strong final quarter and held a well deserved victory. The food and banter afterwards was great and as always thank you to the hosts for having us and to the often unseen, but never unrecognised efforts behind the scenes. The game was played with great intensity but kept the good spirit of the Masters first and foremost.
Bushy nursery voucher
Fordy got tool for effectively setting up a gridiron punters situation for the opposition
Kohne New leaves
Al Milko Award
Best Al Kohne Fordy Koliba Kier Bushy Raco
Goals Fordey 1 Bushy 1 Joe Raco 3 McBride 1 Keir 1