Gin Gin Hawks Soar Over Agnes Water Marlins

THE Gin Gin Hawks were swift and sure in the first game this weekend at Shark Park against Agnes Water, beating them 48-26 in a solid display across the park.


Gin Gin were up 18-0 in the 26th minute and went to the break with 24-6 lead.


Marlins showed improvement at the start of the second half running in two tries, but the Hawks kept their cool and toiled away to be 42-16 in front with less than 10 minutes to go.


Coach Michael Laybutt was pleased with the first 70 minutes of the match, but the Hawks went to sleep in the last 10 minutes of the game, letting Agnes Water in for a couple of late soft tries.


However, they also added one more themselves to make the final score 48-26. The score could have been much higher for the Hawks if Adam Lucke running away down the side line held onto the ball having not once but twice spilled the ball near the try line.


Lucke made up for his rare errors and later safely crossed the try line for one. Front rower Ryan McLeod scored a double as well along with little Hooker Shaun Proctor.


Proctor was all over the park in defence putting his opponents to the ground who were twice his weight.


Phillip Lindsay secured NDRL Player of the Round with his effort for the Hawks. The Hawks were missing some key players, but stood up to the Marlins from the get go making for a very entertaining game.


Agnes Water fullback Nicholas Carey scored a double for the Marlins with other tries coming from Carmichael, Vuninaqa and McIntosh.


In the main game in front of a home crowd South Kolan could not again field a 19-man squad and the Tigers easily rotated their players running away with the very one-sided game 108-8.


Full credit to the Shark players who are turning up every week and getting beaten, but keep trying the full 80 minutes every match they play.


Most clubs in the NDRL comp have experienced similar hidings over the years.


Avondale scored 20 tries with Ross bagging 5, Damien Leather and David Jones bagging three each, with Nathan Leather, Olive, McInnes and Newson bagging doubles.


Goal kicker Andrew Filo had a busy afternoon with the boot kicking 14 from 20.


Next week Avondale have the bye with Agnes Water taking on South Kolan. In the main game at Gin Gin, the Hawks will be looking to rate themselves a chance to topple competition leaders Miriam Vale.


The Hawks were very unlucky not to beat the Magpies last time they met in Round Three.