Hawks hold on to beat Giants
– Ben Bush
One of the main drive home points about Masters Football is that it is ‘footy for fun’ and not something to be taken too seriously, and especially not a game to injure people in. If ever you needed a match to promote that message to the world, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than the one at Kialla between hosts Goulburn Valley Giants and we, the very adept at traveling Woodend-Hesket Hawks. The match was played from start to finish in ‘The true spirit of the game’…….
And then there was Mad Dog…..
Des Dowling has clearly spent the summer getting in good knick. He’s lighter, faster… a true general when it comes to directing play. But you cant help wonder if the old boy now finds himself occupying a younger blokes body, and he’s still trying to figure out how all the gears work. Why else would he nearly decapitate some very big men? All jokes aside, Des put in another ripper (and the fires he lit were easily extinguished with words not knuckles).
On the topic of fires, the Hawks were lighting them up everywhere. Mango, Showbags and Raco got some hard ball and were magic everywhere as we’ve come to expect, with Raco’s efforts earning him the oppositions nomination as our best on ground. Well done, Racs.
Jobe was nominated captain for the day and one of this year’s best pick-ups put in a great captains game, as did Big Jim in his first ever Masters Game. Well done, Jimmy. Our tall timbers Franko and Kohney were great targets around the ground, and Razer was providing a great tall target in the forward line, getting into some terrific passages of very slick play by the Hawks and putting one through the posts. It seemed like we had some strong targets everywhere up forward, with Pete McBride and Hodor bagging a few goals between them.
Football is a funny game and just as quickly as you rise, you can fall, which Keir managed to do with almost no explanation as to why, according to the most basic laws of physics. So of course he gets to wear the Tool award for a few weeks, but he does so knowing he bagged a 6-pointer on his way to the bottom.
While we are talking Tool award nominations, Daz Jax kicked a goal! Yes! Daz. That’s not a misprint. And he did it in amongst some staggeringly good footy and even a one handed mark. With Daz firing, the whole team seemed to lift. It was sort of like when David Lee Roth returned to front Van Halen again. You just knew that there was some magic in the air.
The Brundell Brothers, Wayne and Matt, appeared to be everywhere. Matty won some hard ball all day on the wing, and Wayne was giving nothing away to his opposition in the back line and helping to direct play and keep us tight. Awesome stuff. And what a great backline. Big Willow made his full forward opponents earn everything they got, and as for Fast Ed… well there’s very few people who can boot a ball 35 metres on the run, and beat it to where it lands.
Newcomers to the 2018 list, Big John M and Simon put in all day, and when the final siren sounded, every bloke on the field felt like they’d been part of a great hard-fought game played in the true spirit of sportsmanship. A great result. Yours truly enjoyed more of the action than I’m used to, and now look forward to trading in the Woodend Nursery voucher for some Kale seedlings (they’re a super food don’t you know!)
Other recipients of the awards were Jobe for the Milko, Daz Jax for the Smart Play, Keir for the Tool of the Week.
Thanks to the GV Giants for hosting us and being a terrific bunch of guys during and after the game. Looking forward to many more.
Woodend-Hesket: 8.15 (63)
GV Giants: 7.9 (51)
Goals – McBride 2, Kohne 2, Strahan, Jacks, Whiteman, Tadd.
Milko – Glenn Wilson
New Leaves Smart Play – Daron Jacks
Woodend Nursery – Ben Bush
Tool of the Week – Keir Strahan