In an amazing turnaround the Goondiwindi Hawks have set the stage for a fascinating run into finals.
In a below-standard performance, which almost bordered on woeful, over past four weeks, where they plummeted down the league ladder, the Hawks cameon Saturday to belt the form team of the competition, South Burnett
The Kingaroy side, after losing early games have won their past six matches including the always “lauded” Toowoomba Clubs. But not on Saturday.
Goondiwindi led at every break and were set to blow the game apart until the boys from Kingaroy showed why they had won six on the trot with a gutsy defensive effort.
But there was no doubt about who was the better side on the day.
Goondiwindi, unlike the previous four weeks, were first to the contest, hard at it and gave plenty of options.
The younger brigade certainly stood up and they were aided by the usual suspects O’Toole, Leahy, Scoble, Jardine, and Cameron “hit me three times” Goulter, however new recruit Steve Tapp added steel to the backline and just as importantly, was able to rebound the ball back into the middle and beyond. His marking under pressure was impressive.
Joel Barr is a mobile tall who added spark to the half-forward and middle and hopefully he will recover quickly from a broken finger. He will make a real difference with a bit more fitness and confidence. As was proved by young Hawk ruckman, Baily Soper who has worked on his contesting skills in the middle an who only needs teaspoon or two of confidence to become a key component of the Hawks’ centrefield.
While the young fellas impressed the seasoned Craig “Freckle” Langley fired the boys up across centrehalfback while the left foot of Vinnie White will be a potent weapon in matches to come.
They all be wanting to continue that form next week when the Club holds its Old Boys and Premium Beer Day.
While the “young guns” run on against Toowoomba Tigers the old boys will be reliving past glories and a few not-so glorious. There will be a variety of premium beers, Coronas, Stone & Wood and James Squire 150 lashes as well as the traditional crowd favourites. Enjoy the evening with a few cold beers and plenty of food for all.
A lamb-on-the-spit has been kindly donated to the club to contribute to the old boys tradition!
First bounce is 5pm. And it’s all on again the following week with the annual Ladies’ Day.