In the OAFL equivalent of Hockey Night in Canada The Broadview Hawks got an immediate chance at Grand Final redemption by facing the reigning premier Etobicoke Kangaroos on Friday Night.
Hawk City had 5 rookies and were missing 12 of the 24 who took to the field on Grand Final day, including Lil Shutts, Afjeezy, Dutts and Stooch. In a pre-game bombshell the Hawks lost Mark De Lukovich to the flu, but not the full flu, just a little bit of it.
In windy conditions the Hawks didn’t take off very well (ironically) with the Roos kicking the first 2 goals and spending most of the quarter in their half of the ground. Despite the constant pressure the backline held strong with Brandon Forrest making sure the Roos were unable to see the forrest for the trees. New WWE tag team duo Double and Travels also looked at home in their new positions down back.
Despite not scoring in the first quarter the Hawks weren’t out of it and were able to close the gap with a P.Diddy goal to ‘squash’ the margin to 11 points at half time. Coach Bridgy encouraged everyone to keep playing Hawk footy and while sounding nervous in his first ever half time address, his message rang true.
The Hawks came out firing in the second half and with two quick goals from Birthday Boy Royle they drew level at the end of 3. By this point, Stinger Beesley had been all over the place collecting pollen and was clearly the best on the field. The three new Aussies were acquitting themselves well in their first taste of OAFL football however Jimmy Shutts, Blake and Richo were all managing to avoid attracting good nicknames.
After another motivational speech at the break and with confidence now high the Hawks added 3 goals to 2 in the last quarter for a huge come-from-behind win, getting over the line by 9 points. Broadview has now beaten Etobicoke in each of the last 3 seasons, a feat no other club can claim. Now off to Ottawa to face a team who has a similar claim on the Hawks, having beaten them the last 2 seasons.
Best: Beasley, Dullard, Forrest, Willis, M.Pareja, Matthew
Goals: Price 2, Royle 2, Dullard, Cragg