As soon as the OAFL schedule was released eyes were scouring to see when the Hawks would be heading to Ottawa for the annual clash in the nation’s capital. Not only are the Swans the best hosts in the league, the Broadview boys have their annual dress up party to cap off a great weekend away.
Despite the hype, Broadview were short Canadians for the game so could only field 17 while Ottawa dressed 22 players – a big advantage considering the stifling heat and ‘5 goal breeze’ at Rideau Carleton Racecourse.
Kicking against the wind in the first quarter and with grass up to the knees in some parts of the ground, the Hawks managed to hold the Swans to just one goal despite having ‘Junior Pablo’ playing Centre-Half Back rather than ‘Senior Pablo’. At the other end, ‘Senior Shutts’ took over from ‘Junior Shutts’ at Centre-Half Foward and slotted his first goal for the Hawks. Broadview by 4 points at the end of the first.
Coach Mintz set the goal of kicking 5 goals in the second term and with smart use of the wind the Hawks were able to oblige. ‘The Shutt Show’ continued up forward while the Swans’ decision to play men behind the ball only served to free up Hometown Hero Blake Hurley as he cleaned up everything across half-back. Stinger was unbeatable all day in the ruck and continued his hot form from last week against the Roos. Hawks by 35 at the half.
As expected, the Swans came out firing in the second half and kicked two goals in two minutes to open the second half. With a strong breeze behind them, a Hulk Hogan style comeback was on the cards until Forrest, Jr. Pabs and Hurley wrestled back the ascendancy by repeatedly winning one-on-one contests, then tag-teaming to get the ball out. With the whole team working hard defensively, the Hawks went for the pin. Hawks by 43 at the last change.
Richie Mintz’s famous ‘5 goal wind’ came to fruition again for the Hawks in the last quarter, a 20 minute
quarter played in near silence as both teams began to wilt in the heat. It was a great contest played in high spirits with the Hawks eventually running out 74 point victors. A great tag-team effort by the Shuttleworth brothers, kicking 9 goals and then wearing full masks for the duration of the night.
Best On Field: Hurley, J. Shuttleworth, Dullard, Forrest, Michaud, N. Shuttleworth
Best Off Field: Hurley, M. Traill, A. Harris, B. Mckenzie, R. Wilson, N.Cragg
Goal Kickers: J. Shuttleworth 5, N. Shuttleworth 4, C. Dullard 2, R. Mintz 2, R. Harris , C. Royle