GIN GIN Hawks swooped on Agnes Water at Avondale with a 66-32 victory over the Marlins.


Both sides were lacking numbers on the bench due to work commitments. Agnes also had three players serving suspensions.


Gin Gin got off to a very lacklustre start with the team seemingly not working together in the first 40 minutes. But they hung in there to keep up with Agnes to be level at 26-all in the sixth minute of the second half.


Half time words from coach Michael Laybutt must have done the trick as the Hawks came out in the second half a different team, scoring a further 40 points compared to the Marlins six.


Five-eighth Shane Blair was a stand out for the Hawks alongside centre Chris Jensen with the pair scoring a hat-trick each. New recruit Adam Lucke, who crossed for two tries, is a blessing for the Hawks with his size and agility.


In the main game in front of the late Avondale club member Burnie Johnsons partner and family, the Tigers tried so hard to secure a victory on the Memorial Day but went down by 10 against Miriam Vale. Winger David Jones scored a run away try from the kick-off getting the Tigers off to a good start and while they lead for part of the game, the Magpies had that never say die attitude and kept plugging away at the Tigers defence.


Captain/coach Aaron Causton, playing back in the halves with old mate Mark Hines, scored a turnstile try on the Tigers line to take the score to 22-18 to the Magpies. Avondale were right in the game with up to 10 minutes to go when the Magpies crossed again with goal-kicker Brendan Ziebell converting to take the final score to 28-18.


The game between the two teams was very competitive at times but Jordan Kellet from the Magpies was seen helping an injured Tigers player to his feet and that is what we love about our bush footy competition true Aussie sportsmanship. Well done Jordan.