Hawks the comeback kings
Sunbury v Woodend-Hesket
June 3, 2018.
By Daron Jacks
It was good to have another game on the road, even if it was just 20 minutes down the Calder. But the ridiculously large Clarke Oval added a few kays on to the journey just driving around it.
Seriously, they should consider giving runners a buggy to get a message out to players. It took Johnny Gawthrop a quarter to get water out to players on the far side of the ground.
However, conditions were perfect for footy with a cool crisp air with plenty of sunshine defying any notion that it was winter, except for Pete “Loose” McBride who moaned about being cold and ran out with extra layers on.
Watto took charge of the magnets and took on the coaching role for the day. His spirited pre-game speech puffed up chests and sucked in guts as he talked up each individual player. After all 20 players had their ego stroked we ran out… the game had started 10 minutes earlier though.
Mango and Raccs got the first clearance and the Hawks duly scored a point. Sunbury then had the run of the quarter as our defence held strong only conceding two goals.
Raccs continued to duck and play for frees rolling around on the wing like an Italian soccer player in the world cup. The umpire was on to him. As was his opponent who tried to undress him.
Leroy, with his newfound running fitness, roved a pack from 50 out of our goals and charging in kicked our first goal. Despite the siren having sounded and the Hawks in a huddle when the ball sailed through the big sticks, the six points were given the all clear.
Another inspirational speech was delivered by Watto who implored us to look for someone in the guts, with free green jumpers often alone there while we chose to exhaust ourselves on the wing.
The tactic was noted and quickly ignored as we ran it down the wing again. The size of the ground meant there was a lot of space to play in and despite Mango getting most of the tap outs our boys struggled to clear it with the Sunbury fellas getting it forward where Franko, Koliba and Leroy worked hard with Bushy to stop their run. Willow held their forward but their runners were doing the damage.
Showbags stepped up to keep us in the game running off the half forward line to snap a sausage and we went into the main break 11 points down.
Again Watto’s impassioned speech fired us up and with a bit of spirit in the game we were keen to get a win. In a coaching masterstroke he put three on the bench and 17 on the field.
Loose McBride was swapped out of full forward with Jacks taking the goal square and Loose into centre half-forward.
The ball kept coming into our forward line with Simon Close getting plenty of action in the pocket as he rolled around on the grass with his opponent.
Then it happened. The mark.
The beauty of documenting the game means I can talk up The Mark.
“Carey like”, said Deano.
“Blokes were all over you!” said McBride.
“You never take an overhead mark,” said Razor.
“I bet he misses the goal!” said Bushy.
I never saw it. No one filmed it. All I know is I went up for a mark. Came down hard with a bunch of fat old men all on top of me and the ball was in my hands. That Grippo stuff is pretty good.
We’re a pretty lucky club that when you are taking a shot on goal we have enough experts out there to come up and tell you how to kick it. And increase the anxiety that you may just stuff it up.
I kicked it. And that was our only goal for the quarter with the ball spending most of the time up the other end with Sunbury taking a two-goal lead into the last quarter.
The Crowhurst Quarter was where Crowie was sent from the backline into attack and quickly set the game on fire with a cheeky dribble on a tight angle to kick his first goal. He backed up later with another as the Hawks took charge of the game. Razor was getting a run in the middle – yeah you read that right! – and he was even chasing the ball to the boundary. No mean feat considering it was 100m away!
A few of Razor’s great tap-ons to Hawks teammates sent the ball into the forward line a few times with Mickey first hitting the post then sealing the game with a goal.
Jock back out of retirement burnt Razor in front of goals to kick a point to put the game beyond Sunbury. The siren sounded on a great game of footy with both sides determined to win it and fighting it out the end.
With Samaria then playing the Sunbury’s 35s and needing some players, Leroy, Mickey, Hodor, Willow, and Al backed up to play again. And Nudge saw a chance to don a new jumper and have a kick.
Thanks to Deano, Jase Van Dam and Johnny Gawthrop for helping on the sidelines. And Watto for a great job as coach – a natural magnet mover and orator!
Our next game is at home against Samaria on June 17.
Woodend-Hesket: 1.1 2.2 3.3 6.5 (41)
Sunbury: 2.1 4.1 5.3 5.3 (33)
Goals: Crowhurst 2, Barker, McDaniel, Woodberry, Jacks
Best: Racco, Barker, Crowhurst, Koliba.
Milko: Jason Koliba
New Leaves “Smart Play”: Leigh Barker
Woodend Nursery: Mark Crowhurst
Tool of the Week
There was no tool officially voted or awarded after the game for reasons best explained as Keir never gave the Tool back. Later ponderings over a beer saw the following nominations:
Mick Woodberry for hitting the post for two teams in one day.
Ben Bush, Drew Poynton and Woodberry for all standing under a sitter only to let a Sunbury player sweep in between them and take the easiest of marks.
Drew Poyton for taking over Des’s Mad Dog duties in his absence
Nick Watkins for the half hour pre-game speech. Inspiring as it was.
But the winner of the Tool of the Week goes to:
Andy Scicluna, who after arriving at the pub post game and explaining he can’t be bothered playing claimed “I’ve done enough to qualify for Mad Monday!”