Soaring Hawks give Central the Blues.
In a match billed as a potential Grand Final Preview, The Broadview Hawks took on Central Blues at Humber South in picture perfect conditions. shining, barely a breath of wind, the Hawks
There was plenty to smile about, with the sun coming off a solid win the week before and fielding a close to full strength lineup. Scotty was MIA with a prior engagement, and Bacon was…well….lost, and managed to rock up at half time!
Even more exciting was Aids, perhaps deciding that seeing as he played so well last week it was time to bring the family down to see him play, did all the boys a solid and brought sister Pip along to the game. Topping things off nicely, NOT bring along her 6’8 260lbs CFL playing boyfriend!
Unsurprisingly the boys spent the majority of warm doing pushups to get a quality pre game pump, and used oil on their arms than is usually found in a fish and chip shop. Pip was undoubtedly delighted with the display.
Aids, feeling the anger building inside, led the boys onto the field to release his aggression on the hapless Blues.
To their credit, the Blues were fielding an improved line up from last year, with some quality inclusions through the midfield, a monster of a new Full Forward, and a renewed swagger that could have given the Hawks some serious troubles. It was billed as a battle of the midfields, with the general consensus that the team that gave the most quality ball to their tall forwards would win the game.
It was the Hawks that struck first, with a great snap from Shutts to open the scoring with Cam following up shortly afterwards, both goals coming as a result of fantastic forward defensive pressure.
The blues fought back quickly, scoring through their big forward with some great ball movement through the corridor, and if it wasn’t for some outstanding defensive work from Pabs, Huss, Brewer, Stinger drifting back and especially Trees, keeping the big guy honest, the score line at quarter time might have looked different.
At quarter time it was the Hawks up by a couple, but certainly not in control of the game. Super-coach Bridgy implored his charges to pay the Blues more respect, and make sure we run both ways. Killa and the midfield took this to heart, and exploded from the moment the second quarter started. Killa in particular started to show why he is on “$5000 worth of flip cup” a week, capping of a dominant quarter with a magnificent goal out of congestion at half forward, running through the Blues defenders to kick truly from 45m.
Aids, who was playing well so far judging by the vocal support he was getting from his sister, was gifted another opportunity to ruin Nate’s weekend by kicking another goal, but the big guy missed from point blank range. The forwards were enjoying some good ball movement into the forward 50, with Jimmy having two opportunities to extend the lead from “lace out” passes from Coggsy and Oli, but failed to convert from set shots. But right at the death it was Metro showing a bit of pace as he gathered the ball 25m out from goal and duly converted, making the Blues heads drop a little.
At half time, the Hawks had extended their lead, and it looked like the Blues would need to make a move quickly if this game was going to remain a contest.
The Third quarter was a see sawing affair, with both teams trading goals. It seemed that every time the Blues would forge an attack, Broadview would counter quickly. Bridgy was swing the changes, with Cutch getting a run in the ruck, and Bacon, who had managed to find his way to Humber South at last, was moved to the wing, allowing Nate to take his customary position across half forward. Oli, who was battling flu-like symptoms all week, was steering the ball forward in one breath, and running off the ground for a power spew the next. Shutts bobbed up with another couple of well timed goals, and when Cam fought hard for possession in the pocket to instigate a very pretty give and go for a goal at the 20 minute mark, it was the Hawks that threatened to run away with the game.
At Three Quarter Time, the Hawks were probably one goal away from putting the game to bed. The danger was that Broadview would allow this game to peter out, treating the last quarter as “junk time” and to the casual observer, make it seem like the game was closer than it was. To the Blues credit, the intensity was still there, despite the scoreline, and the Hawks were made to work right to the bell for the win.
In possibly the most pleasing aspect of the victory, the Hawks refused to take their foot off the pedal, and slammed on four more goals in the quarter to send a statement to the rest of the league: This year there will be no hangover. The Hawks are hungry, and it will take a very good performance to snatch a win from the boys in brown and gold.
Post game celebrations were at Nate’s swanky King West apartment, with a few beers, a BBQ, and the lads showing there is no correlation between football prowess and flip cup ability, getting schooled time and time again by Nate and his harem of women. At one stage the “dream team” of Coggsy, Shutts, Killa, Huss and Jimmy failed to make it past the second cup flip…a more embarrassing sight this scribe has yet to see.
Next week is the Rebels, and for the first time this year we play at our home ground. Another massive game, and a chance to go 3-0, and cement our spot in the top half of the standings.
Central Blues: 7.5.47
Broadview Hawks: 15.10.100
Best: Killa, Shutts, Trees, Pabs, Stinger, Dullard, Aids, Pip.
Goals: Shutts, Killa 5, Cam 2, Cutch, Metro, Dullard