Hawks climb into premiership contention

Gin Gin Rugby League was the laughing stock of the competition last year, forfeiting twice and struggling to field a 13-man side each and every week in the NDRL competition.


But the Hawks are no longer the easy beats, with new coach Michael Laybutt turning the club into a contender for this years premiership.


Laybutt concedes he is no super coach; deflecting praise to his players who are willing to listen to his instructions and execute his lessons on the field.


Gin Gin had the home ground advantage and two extras on the bench compared to the Magpies and were lucky not to sustain any injuries during the match.


The game kicked off on a beautiful sunny day at Gin Gin with clubs and supporters expecting a close tussle as previously delivered by both teams when they have played in the earlier three rounds of the comp.


Six minutes in hooker Shaun Proctor scored from dummy half and Ash Helmore converted taking the opening score to 6-0 to the Hawks.


Within minutes Phillip Lindsay burst through the Magpies line only to have his try disallowed but Lindsay went on to score four tries for the match.





Proctor was lethal around the ruck area and crossed for a further two giving him a hat-trick for the day.


Fullback Brandon Galea scored a double with his lightning quick speed and his second try was converted to take the half time score to 42-0 to the Hawks. Five-eighth Anthony Johnston and bustling front- rower Ryan McLeod bagged doubles as well.


Miriam Vales long serving player Mark Hines scored the only try for the Magpies in his last game of the season as sadly he broke his collarbone in the match and will be missed by his team-mates for his skills, knowledge and toughness.


After the half time break, the Hawks came out and continued on with their rampage scoring a further seven tries with Ash Helmore converting 13 from 15 attempts which was a fantastic display.


Coach Laybutt said Shaun Proctor, Jesse Jenkins, Ryan McLeod were outstanding with a special mention for Brandon Gale who is coming into his own now in the team. Laybutt was very proud of his team.


To end the one-sided match ex-Miriam Vale Magpie Jesse Jenkins scored a run-away try to make the final score 86-6. Miriam Vale has not copped a hiding like the Hawks delivered since Biggenden beat them in a match in 2006.


In the earlier match, Agnes Water beat South Kolan 114-6 with Tim McIntosh kicking 16 goals for the match. Fullback Nic Carey scored a hat-trick along with young Kiwi Rahiri Marsh who returned for the game.


Marsh has not played since early in the season and had a solid game back with the Marlins.


Agnes Water has the bye next week. South Kolan takes on a competitive Gin Gin with Miriam Vale taking on the home side Avondale Tigers in the main game.


Young Gin Gin local Quinn Olsen, who has been a ball boy at the Hawks ground since he was four, joined the team and was a league safe for the first time. Quinn has only missed one home game for the Hawks where he has either been ball boy or ran the kicking tee.