The Woodend Hesket Masters again found themselves travelling up the Hume to take on
the might of the Murray Crays on a beautifully manicured ground, under a fairly malicious
We expected a hard fought match based on past experience…but it was a slaughter that
It would be remiss of me to not mention that the club president for the Crays opened
proceedings when he kicked the first two goals in a couple of minutes when I was
supposed to be keeping him in check….and that set a solid pattern for the day.
Our classic strong backline of Woody, Willow, and a rotating cast gave it their all against a
football machine comparable only to the T-1000 in Terminator 2…try as we did to beat
them back, they just kept coming at us!
Mark Kohne was everywhere all day, returning to his home turf and picking up best on
ground awards from us and from the opposition. Watto put in with good reliable run and
sharp delivery. It was good to see Junior firing again, and when he took a knock to the
head it seemed the tool award was all but stitched up…but then he took another and the
serious nature of head strikes changed all that. The echo of his skull ringing can still be
heard across the border city as this goes to print!
Kia, Mick W and Springer were getting a bit of action with the leather, and after some quiet
time up forward, the decision was made to put the muscle of Hodor in the backline and
bring Razer into the ruck where he got some well earned, strong tap outs at the bounces.
The switch with Razer provided Daz with an opportunity to rest on ‘the second bench’ aka,
our forward line, which had seen very little action…sorry Daz! Around this point we started
to tighten up around the ground and start getting it deep into attack. No rest for you old
With the ball up forward it looked like Leroy was going to start clocking some 6 pointers,
but a cluster of fumbled behinds made for little dent in the deficit, but ensured that he took
the tool award home for his, er, efforts.
Barto was dynamite around the ground, though the effects of age are showing as he
became overwhelmed by gravity itself in a fabulously graceless fall when receiving a pass
late in the game…to see it was to believe it, but I still don’t understand it!
Showbags was doubling as coach and player today and can hold his head high for both
The majors drought was finally broken by Matt Brundell in a most classy display of skill,
made all the better in that he is a first gamer coming out of a long hiatus. Not to be held
back, he even utilised the distraction of Juniors second near concussion to run on for his
second major. That’s the kind of ruthless play we can all aspire to!
A nifty third goal was put away by Mick Woodbury, but honestly, somewhere in the third
quarter we had stopped counting the Crays’ goals. It would be fair to say the Hawks three
majors were about 10% of their final score, and about one third of their full forwards
Thanks must go to the Crays for hosting us. They are a great club and a formidable team.
And to the Hawks, well done to those who made the drive, and kept our mantra of ‘still
getting a kick out of footy’ alive. Alas we were outclassed on the day. As the saying goes,
in life, sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail.
We now look forward to hosting Maryborough at home next week under lights. Please
encourage family and friends to come along.
Murray Crays – Shitloads.
Woodend-Hesket – not much.
Milko Award: Mark Kohne
Woodend Nursery Award: Matt Brundell
Tool of the Week: Leigh Barker
Our best player as voted by the Crays: Mark Kohne