Woodend-Hesket v Samaria Suns
June 17, 2018.
By Daron Jacks
There was plenty of hugging when the Hawks took on the Samaria Suns on Sunday, June 17 at Gilbert Gordon Oval. Hugs for the great man, Razor, who was celebrating his 500th game… And hugs to keep warm in arctic conditions.
Grown men embraced, opponents gathered in a huddle to cuddle. Rain and an icy wind were on hand for Ray Tadd’s milestone and the man who creaks just putting his boots on was as nimble as ever. Some of us were hungover so we can only assume he was as fleet-footed as he looked.
Preparation was everything coming into the game with umpire Mick Nolan donning a wetsuit under his gear to keep warm. Rumours that he pissed in it at halftime have not been dispelled, and nor would anyone begrudge him for turning on the central heating when the rain came in sideways during the third quarter. Such was the chill on that dump it sent strangers into group hugs.
Before the game the heater in the rooms was a much favoured area. Some light ball work ensued with no one wanting to brave the rain for a warmup indoor handballs reigned, with Robbo trying to break an unsuspecting Fordey’s nose with a nicely timed falcon. Those tears were real! It copped him right on the beak.
With Razor’s family and former Trentham teammates watching on the big fella ran through a guard of honour and burst through a special banner (thanks Sign Obsession).
And with six Hawks helping fill the Suns ranks we were in for some fun. Hardnut Al, decked out in Samaria colours, stunned Razor with a handball, who duly shit himself and dropped it. Much mirth from the bench could be heard.
Woody turned up during the first quarter, as is his usual modus operandi, ran to the Samaria bench for a jumper and then on to the ground… in time for the quarter to end.
He soon set about finding a way to hurt himself and others. It took four quarters and just minutes to play, but he found Mango’s arse with his head and said he “saw stars”.
The ball was wet and the ground was slippery which meant Bocca’s Boy, who was running the boundary had more touches than anyone on the ground as the nut slewed to the roadside.
Robbo, the worst backman in the history of the game and out of early retirement, again slipped forward to kick two cheeky sausage rolls and continued to find space along the wing.
Our man Nudge was their man again this week and was killing it in the backline with his sweeping defensive skills and dishing out more lip than Mick Jagger to anyone taking a shot for goal. Had Hodor not nailed two goals on him he was on song for a BOG nomination. Not bad for a bloke who was “feeling pretty dusty”.
Franko was centre half back for the Suns and was again strong in defence proving a rock to budge. However, Kohney did manage to upend Franko with a solid tunnelling effort though.
Koliba was again making his presence felt off the half forward flank… however, he was a Sun this week and wearing a dryzabone under his jumper and would normally cop flak, but he was actually quite warm to cuddle. Just sayin’!
Hodor and Big John Morrongiello, who was playing ruck, were a strong presence for the Hawks up forward with three goals between them. Johnny and our Simon were a great ruck duel and both provided a fierce battle in the middle.
The Hawks were kicking straight despite a couple of out-of-bounds, but with wet boots and a ball dipped in Vaseline it was great effort.
As always when we help fill a team there’s a great vibe playing on a mate. A few gibes and the odd cheeky clip makes for a good laugh. One of those battles was Drewy and Al doing their best bull impersonations going head to head. Although, it’s hard to see anyone getting past Al – our true midfield bull.
The final goal of the day was worthy with Razor slipping one in from deep in the pocket… Even if Nudge shepherded it through. All great fun and laughs in the spirit Razor plays the game!
Thanks to everyone who braved the day to play, help on the sidelines or just spectate and help celebrate the day with Razor. And to Neil Edwards and Peta McDaniel for taking photos.
Our next match is an away game against Bendigo on Sunday, July 1.
Woodend-Hesket: 8-3 (51)
Samaria: 3-5 (23)
Best: Morrongiello, Whiteman, Robinson, Forde, Racco, Mangan, Poynton.
Goals: Whiteman 2, Robinson 2, Tadd, Morrongiello, Racco, Kohne.
Milko Award: John Morrongiello
Woodend Nursery: Chris Forde
New Leaves Smart Play Award: David Robinson
Tool of the Week: Gerome Racco