Green and Gold Magazine

August 2017 Edition

From the Editor

Welcome to the August 2017 Edition of Green and Gold Magazine.


Final Edition 2017



Hills Hawks 2017 Season
What an amazing season we have had here at the community based Hills Hawks Football Club starting way back in February this year when we held our grading sessions for the competition teams and culminating in the championship finals on the 19th August. So much more has happened in between and we would like to share some of the highlights as we commence planning for the 2018 season, which will be our 49th year in operation.
Minis Competition - 2017 saw approximately 100 boys and girls from local schools around the area play soccer for the Hills Hawks Football Club. 13 teams were formed across the Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8's in the "mini's" format. The Hills Hawks Football Club held its annual Mini's Gala Day on Sunday 21st May. This year saw 48 teams from as far as the St. George region; North Shore and Bossley Park compete at our annual Gala Day. Blessed with perfect weather on the day, even though the forecast earlier in the week said otherwise. This is our major fundraiser for the season and we are grateful for all the support we receive from local businesses and the community to run this event.
Competition Teams - 2017 was one our most successful on record with 11 of the 14 teams finishing in the top 4 after the normal completion rounds. Of these, 5 teams the 12/3, 15/1, 15/4 17/2 and AA13 were crowned minor premiers. The 13/3, 16/1 and AA17 all won the pennant round robin series. A whopping 6 teams made it through to the Grand Final and the BIG prize went to the 14/3, 15/1, 15/4 17/2 and AA13 whom all lifted the champions trophy – congratulations! A special mention to the 16/3 who punched well above their weight to make the GF from 3rd place. Hills Hawks were privileged to host 8 of the championship finals at Hayes Park for the GHFA – we are lucky to have such a great sporting facility here in Galston. Our 13/1’s will embark on and end of season trip to Tasmania in September – we wish them well.
Our Premier League teams welcomed new coaches with PL1 finishing 6th and PL2 in 4th position it was tough contest in what is the highest level of competition in the GHFA.
Coaching -This year the Hills Hawks Football Club introduced the Kick-start program as part of the ongoing development of the Club. Kick-start is a professional body whose focus is developing the skills of junior players. Kick-start ran the coaching for the teams from Under 6 through to the Under 14's for the season. For all other teams we welcomed back seasoned technical director and ex-Socceroo Paul Wade.
Women’s & Men’s Social Competitions - Our Ladies social competition has been running for 10 years and this years final was justly won by the "Sandstone Sales Sparkles". The Sparkles are the only team that has been in the competition from the beginning and they finally won it! Our Ladies Competition loyal sponsors CVW Engineering were on hand to present the winning trophies on grand final day. The Men’s social competition was informally introduced this year and is gaining momentum and lots of interest from our over 35 men and we look forward to launching in 2018.
Sponsors - The Hills Hawks football community truly appreciates the support we receive from each of our sponsors and their contribution goes along way in making this football club successful. Once again we would like to thank Glenorie RSL, Bendigo Bank, Hills District Farm Equipment, CVW Engineering, Hills Self Storage, Spa & BBQ Barn, Turrell Building, Chizzo’s Pizzeria and Coppernest Real Estate.
Upcoming Events –We wrap up proceeding on Sunday September 17 with our end of season presentation day at Glenorie RSL. Our Annual General Meeting will be held in November and we welcome new members to join our committee. For all the latest news and events follow us on Facebook @Hills HawksFC.
Lastly - Thank you to all the players, parents, coaches, managers  & volunteers for making the Hills Hawks 2017 season such a great success and we welcome you all back for season 2018. Go Hawkies! 

Click Here for 2017 Commitee Members 

Ian Robertson 
Hills Hawks Football Club Committee

Hills Hawks Football Club sponsored by: 



We are pleased to welcome back our major sponsors Bendigo Bank and  Glenorie RSL together with our other sponsors: Hills District Farm Equipment, Hills Self StorageSPA & BBQ Barn Dural, CVW Engineering & Coppernest.
We also welcome 2 new 2017 sponsors: Turrell Building  and Chizzos Pizza Gaslton 
This sponsorship goes a long way towards helping us run a successful Club so we urge you to support them with your patronage.



This year Hills Hawks inconjunction with the GHFA will be introducing a Respect program. This will be the first step on a journey to change the culture in Football to a consistently positive and rewarding one.  We are aiming to emphasise that, while winning is important as a measure of achievement; it is not the only measure out there.  Setting your goals and achieving them can be just as fulfilling and important for teams and individuals.

PLAYERS click here for RESPECT PROGRAM info:

PARENTS click here for RESPECT PROGRAM info:



The Hills Hawks Football Club has, for many years, awarded an Encouragement Award to the “Team of the Week” to recognize teams that show outstanding effort and improvement through the season. This year the reward for the players will be a medallion and a free sausage sandwich down at the barbeque at the oval.

TEAM OF THE WEEK Award Winners

Well done to our Award winners so far!         

08/04/2017 Under 6 Purple
22/04/2017 Under 7 Yellow
29/04/2017 Under 8 Yellow A
 06/05/2017 Under 6 Red
13/05/2017 Under 8 Black
20/05/2017 Under 7 Green 
27/05/2017 Under 6 Green
03/06/2017 Under 7 White A 
17/06/2017 Under 7 White C 
24/06/2017 Under 8 Gold 
01/07/2017 Under 8 Orange  
08/07/2017 Under 8 Yellow B 
15/07/2017 Under 10 Red, Under 9 Blue 
22/07/2017 Under 9 Purple, Under 7 Yellow B 
29/07/2017 Under 11 Red, Under 9 Gold 
05/08/2017 Under 11 Gold 



U15 Div 1
U15 Div 4
  U17 Div 2  
All Age 13

U12 Div 3
U15 Div 1
U15 Div 4
U17 Div 2 
All Age 13


U14 Div 3
U15 Div 1
U15 Div 4
U17 Div 2 
All Age 13


U13 Div 3 
U16 Div 1 
All Age 17


"Sanstone Sales Sparkles" 




 Presentation Day for Minis and Juniors: is on Sunday 17th September at Glenorie RSL Club.
  • Minis (U6 to U8) start at 10am
  • Juniors (U9 to U17) start at 11am
All players will receive a trophy or medal and sausage sizzle. Pls come along and take the opportunity to celebrate the end of the season with all your team.

Come along and enjoy the day.  Feel free to stay for lunch in support of our major sponsor, the Glenorie RSL Club
  • Beryl Peebles (Mini Team of Year) U8 BLACK
  • Harry Williemsen (Most Outstanding Competition Team) U17 Div 2 
  • John Ross (Best Defensive Team) U12 Div 3
  • Greg Freeman (Sportsmanship) U15 Div 4
  • President’s Cup (Club person/s of the year) 
  • Hills District Farm Equipment (Goal Keeper of the year) Tom Ohlrich, Jack Cook, Tom Banks 

Annual General Meeting:

13 November 2017

7:30PM Glenorie RSL Club 

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U6 to U8

5 Aug Under 8 North/Black vs Pennant Hills FC - Win(9-3)


Another great effort today. Unfortunately Pennant Hills only had a team of 3, so a huge thanks to the boys for showing true sportsmanship in their willingness to support the opposing team so we could have a game. Great goal scoring by Gus and Rorey, Kai's defence was on fire, and a well done to Brayden for his involvement this week!

5 Aug Under 8 North/Yellow a vs Normanhurst FC - Draw(2-2)

vs Normanhurst 5th August

The team were a couple of players down this week with Sabella and Lachie away.
The team was 2-0 down but goals to Lewis and Trey got the team back to a 2-2 draw.
The kids all tried really hard with their positional play and passing to team mates.
Player of the week Harlon.

12 Aug Under 8 North/Black vs Roselea FC b - Loss(0-9)


Great effort by the boys today. Great attempts at goals by Gus and Rorey. The team worked well together but was met with a strong opposition. Excellent 2017 season overall!!

12 Aug Under 8 North/Yellow a vs Epping FC - Draw(3-3)

Vs Epping 12th August

Last game of the season for the Hawks, up against a good team in Epping.

In a tight first half, Epping opened the scoring before Lewis replied with a goal to the Hawks.
There was some great work in goal by Trey, good work up front by Cruz and Connor, with Ella trying hard in the middle. The Hawks added a second goal to Harlon to take a 2-1 lead into the sheds.
The second half saw some more good work in goal by Josh, a big effort from Kiana in defence, and a really good team goal finished by Lachie.
Epping added a goal before a close finish where Epping scored in the dying seconds to get a 3-3 draw.

A good team effort by the Hawks which showed the improvement through the season on positional play, passing and teamwork.
Well done Hawkies!

U9 to U19

5 Aug U11/Red vs Ryde Panthers FC - Win(6-0)

R18: Vs Ryde Panthers FC

A windy morning at Hayes for our R18 match against the Ryde Panthers. Our first encounter back in May we lost 5-4, last time we met in June it was 3-3. Today it was a convincing win for our Reds 6-0. Toby (4), Ben (1) & Tom (1). Sam G was unlucky not to score a goal of his own. Great passing by Tom, Saxon & Aaron today. Great jockeying by Riley & Bianca put pressure on the Panthers which forced the direction of play in our favour. A great win for our Hawks today, well done team!!

5 Aug U15/4 vs WPH Cherrybrook FC - Win(3-2)

2nd Game of Semi-Finals

We got the result that we needed - another win that should help us to the Finals!

GO HAWKS - U15/4!!!!

5 Aug U16/3 vs Roselea - Win(2-1)

Hills Hawks 2 Roselea 1 (Semi Final 2 Round Robin)

What a game, what a performance! Minor premiers, Roselea who entered the fray unbeaten throughout the season and finals had the stuffing knocked out them by a resolute and determined Hawks who controlled the game from beginning to end. You could say that Roselea got off lightly with only a one goal loss, as with more composed finishing, Hawks could have put this to bed much earlier. Nobody was complaining though as the close nature of the score kept everyone on their toes both on and off the pitch. Daniel G showed Hawks meant business with a first minute effort but the keeper made light work of it and the same players were involved moments later, which saw Tahlia arrive just a fraction late for the rebound as the keeper pounced. Jarrod was having the game of his life in the midfield and clearly Roselea had no idea how to stop him. He was covering every blade of grass and his skilful step overs and drag backs were great on the eye and created valuable space for him to pick out his teammates with some crisp passing to keep Hawks pressing. After almost setting up an opener for Tahlia, he then showed what powerful, quick thinking throws can add to the team as he released brother Daniel with a good chance that was expertly blocked by the Roselea rear-guard. AJ was also doing brilliantly in the defence winning many tackles and vital headers so it was surprising to see him come out second best for the only time in the game as the Roselea attack took full advantage as # 9 released # 92 who finished superbly past Lukas to put them 1-0 up but completely against the run of play on 26 mins. The Hawks body language was impressive as they shrugged off this minor inconvenience and got back on with bossing the game and within a minute it was all level again. Daniel G clipped a lobbed ball over the retreating defenders and backed himself on the subsequent chase and shoulder charge, coming out best but still having the composure to finish superbly into the roof of the net. Daniel R who was supporting Jarrod so well in the midfield then dropped the shoulder to fool a couple of his opponents before finding Daniel G whose cross shot was fumbled by the keeper but unfortunately nobody was following up, which you could say was a recurring theme. The same player had one final chance before the break but although his control couldn’t be faulted his sights were a little off as the shot sailed wide.

Hawks came out determined to finish what they had started and Tahlia, arguably should have hit the target as she got under a bouncing ball after great approach play from Lachie and Daniel G. Roselea then gave a reminder that they were still in the contest as # 45 blasted high and wide from the right wing. After a relatively quiet first half, Lachie was warming to the task in hand with a storming run down the right that left 2 defenders in his wake. Daniel G then wasted a decent opportunity after another Jarrod assist before Nick made the keeper work with a smart near post save after bursting through following good work from AJ. Jarrod then came close to the goal that his industry and artistry deserved as he burst through but saw his powerful drive just clear the bar. Lukas, up to this point had been a virtual spectator but showed what a safe pair of hands he has as he got his positioning spot on, making a save look easy from the dangerous # 92. Finally, on 64 mins, Tahlia got the winner has she latched on to a Lachie cross and persevered through the middle before dispatching past the keeper. The place was in uproar but the players remained focused and almost added a third as Lachie came close with a drive that whistled just past the upright. There was one final scare as a Roselea attack bobbled across the 6-yard box but Lukas pounced on it and soon the ball was resuming normal service at the other end as the full-time whistle went just as Hawks were winning another corner.

The commitment of the team was second to none as they comprehensively dispatched a team that had yet to taste defeat and boasted an impressive +45 goal difference to boot. Hawks aren’t in the Grand Final yet but on this showing, if they can repeat what is fast becoming the norm then they should rightly believe they can do it. They played with a swagger and oozed confidence as every player played their part, from the safe gloves of Lukas, through the tough tackling of Sam, Matt & AJ, to the simple but effective passing of Tiff, Jarrad & Jacob. While the busy-ness of strikers, Tahlia & Daniel G got the goals and the glory having been suitably assisted by Lachie & Nick, it was probably the midfield engine room which inflicted the most damage as Jarrod, Daniel R and Cal controlled their domain with a complete performance. Roll on Saturday!

5 Aug U9/Blue vs Redbacks FC - Draw(2-2)

Under 9 Blue V's Redbacks FC

Despite the gorgeous weather, today wasn't one of our better games, unfortunately despite a 2 nil lead we lost our structure and let in two quick goals to make it a 2 all draw. Credit to everyone for giving 100%, it just wasn't our day. Thanks to Finn for helping us out. Looking forward to a big last game from the team.

12 Aug U11/Red vs Ararat FC - Win(5-4)

R19: Vs Ararat FC

What a great way to end the 2017 Season with all 12 players on board for our last game. Much like our 1st meeting with Ararat back in June at home the game was extremely close. It was impossible to highlight any one player as all had an amazing game both defensively and in attack. However Aaron's sportsmanship during the game must be mentioned. Coming to the aid of an injured opponent - Great Work Aaron!
Well done Reds on an amazing year and good luck in 2018!!

12 Aug U15/4 vs North Ryde SC - Win(1-0)


Hills Hawks 1 x North Ryde SC 0
We couldn't be PROUDER of how far our team has come after 3 wins from 3 semi-final games and setting us up perfectly for next weeks game - grand final!

12 Aug U16/3 vs Northern HFC - Draw(1-1)

Hills Hawks 1 Northern 1 (Semi Final 3 Round Robin)

With Hawks only requiring a point to reach the Grand Final, they managed it but it was far from plain sailing. Despite enjoying around 60% of the possession they found chances hard to come by in the first half and really only got into top gear in the last 15 minutes of the second when they eventually got the break through with a vital equaliser to send them through to next week’s final versus Thornleigh at Meadowbank.

Daniel G had the first sighter on goal but as he burst through he got his legs tangled and combined with some last ditch defending the chance was gone. Nick then tried his luck with a free kick but skewed the shot which almost feel into the path of Daniel G who toe-poked just wide. Tahlia who was enjoying a great first half then showed a clean pair of heels down the right but her excellent cross was just ahead of the onrushing Daniel R. Northern who had been inconspicuous bar some physical play and colourful language, then came to life on 17 mins as the # 20 charged down the right but thankfully Lukas was alert and saved well with his feet. This warning however went unheeded and within a minute Hawks found themselves 1-0 down as the defence backed off allowing the # 4 to find the bottom corner with a bobbling shot. Northern are never the most pleasant team to play against as they have a “pack” mentality that scrap for everything and this only helped fuel the fire in their bellies. Hawks took some time to get any momentum back as they appeared overwhelmed by Northern’s physicality and intimidation but did have a great chance on 24 mins when Daniel R did brilliantly in switching the play from left to right before his excellent cross found Daniel G unmarked. The high bouncing ball just wouldn’t come down quick enough and when he did get the shot away the Northern # 10 had other ideas and cleared off the line with his head. Still there was a half chance but Daniel G’s follow up header landed safely in the keeper’s arms. Lukas then showed his worth again as he made a smart save off a ricochet in a move that was initially blocked by Sam, who was having a very good game at the back. Three minutes before half-time, Northern almost made it two in their strongest spell of the game. Lukas again repelled a strong shot from # 20 and the # 4 blasted over the top when it looked easier to score.

Hawks needed fresh inspiration to turn this around and gradually found their way back into the game as Daniel G got proceedings moving with a free-kick that the keeper dealt with easily as he chose placement over power. It took a further 11 mins before anything of note occurred when Daniel R couldn’t wrap his foot around a Daniel G cross with an open goal gaping. On 50 mins, there was some confusion as the referee gave an indirect free-kick for a clear handball however there was conjecture that it was for an earlier offence but Daniel G wasted the opportunity as this time he went for power and blasted over the top. He immediately made amends with a superb pass to Daniel R but the keeper dealt with it again as the venom was removed as Daniel R could only find top spin with his connection. The moment everyone was waiting for came on 57 mins when a great run from Daniel G broke for Nick who finished well, past the motionless keeper to notch his 14th goal of the season, moving him to top scorer, just one ahead of his provider, Daniel. Now confidence was running through the veins of the team and Nick was a whisker from adding to the score as he flew down the right but saw his shot across goal hit the outside base of the post. Nick then had three more decent chances on 63, 67 & 68 mins as each time he shot over or wide, while Matt took a free-kick but like Daniel G’s earlier effort, he too opted for power and saw it clear the bar by some margin. The final minutes was completely dominated by Hawks with very little resistance by Northern who knew they couldn’t make the finals whatever the result.

The final whistle was more one of relief than celebration, which is not such a bad thing as hopefully they can save any celebrations for next Saturday. Thornleigh will be whole different prospect next week but there should be a lot more football played, which should suit Hawks much better than the physical battle they endured today. It wasn’t a game for the purists but AJ, Lukas and Sam can feel happy with their days work while Daniel G’s industry kept the dream alive for Hawks in the final third.

12 Aug U9/Blue vs Thornleigh SC - Draw(1-1)

9 Blue V's Thornleigh SC

What a cracker day for our last match of the season. Like last time we played Thornleigh SC there wasn't much separating the two teams. Some great defending from Marcus and a cracker goal from our little Rubi. Thanks team for a great season!

19 Aug U16/3 vs Thornleigh Thunder - Loss(0-2)

Thornleigh 2 Hills Hawks 0 (Grand Final)

Since last tasting defeat in mid-May Hawks have put together an impressive 10 match unbeaten run which included 7 wins and 3 draws to reach the Grand Final but found a well organised Thornleigh, a step too far in claiming the top prize.

Thornleigh got off to a fast start making the most of the tailwind and caught Hawks napping as they scored the opener after just 2 mins. There was just a hint of a deflection as the # 11 lobbed Lukas from just inside the 18-yard box. Thornleigh were making all the early plays but Hawks should have had the chance to draw level on 12 mins as Daniel R was felled in the box. It was a “stonewall” penalty but the referee who had struggled to keep up with play just waived a nonchalant “play on” much to the ire of the Hawks crowd. The game then reverted to type as Thornleigh took a stranglehold once more as Lukas dealt with a difficult high ball. On 27 mins the dangerous Thornleigh # 19 drove in powerfully but Lukas just got enough on it to see it out for a corner. A minute later the # 19 tried again and saw the ball, curve just wide of the post. After 30 mins of rear-guard action, Hawks enjoyed their best spell of the half as they dominated the final 5 mins. Daniel G hit a great free-kick which saw the keeper tip onto the bar and out for a corner. Jarrod took the resulting corner which was well won by Daniel G and set up for Tahlia to hit a sweet half volley which drifted just wide of the far upright. Now it was Hawks with their tails up as Daniel G tried another free-kick but although this time the keeper spilled, he recovered too quickly for any on rushing strikers.

Hawks sensed a turn around and with some wind assistance were getting the ball into more advanced areas than the first period. Lukas’s big kicks were a feature and one made it all the way to the Thornleigh keeper as Daniel G was quite rightly pulled up for a foul as he challenged a little late. Daniel R then maybe chose the wrong option as he shot from the right when perhaps a cross into the box may have been more productive. After a quiet first half, Jarrod was growing into the contest and just, over hit a cross-shot after a quick Nick throw and shortly after on 52 mins, Hawks had their best chance of the half when after a fantastic run by Daniel G, he slid the ball through to Nick but rather than hit the difficult chance first time he allowed it to run to gain more control and in so doing the defender managed to recover and block. This was as good as it got in the second half as Thornleigh controlled any further offensive threats and even created a few themselves as Lukas made a smart save on 60 mins but could do nothing about Thornleigh doubling their lead 5 mins from time as the # 14 scored a goal eerily similar to their first by lobbing Lukas with a smart finish.

It would be hard to deny Thornleigh the win having gone the whole season unbeaten but Hawks made them work for it all the way and perhaps a 2-0 score-line flattered the winners a little. Hawks weren’t at their best today and looked a bit nervy at times which could be expected in a Grand Final but standouts were Daniel G for being a constant pest to the Thornleigh defence, with that amazing run worth the entrance fee alone. Matt was also fired up and after a strong performance can count himself unlucky to be on the losing team while Lukas showed what a good goalkeeper he is fast becoming - not only with his hands but his kicking was spot on too!

Finally, a big thanks to Mike for coaching the team so well this season and congratulations to him on getting them “punching above their weight” to make the grand final.

A few season stats that may be of interest include:
Won 8, Drew 4, Lost 4, Byes (Won) 2
Clean Sheets 5
Goals Scored 47 / Goals Conceded 27
Nick 14, Daniel G 13 (1 Pen), Tahlia 8, Calvin 3, Lachie 3, Jarrod 3, Daniel R 2 & Lukas 1
Most Assists - Daniel G 5
Best Team Performance – HH 2 v 1 Roselea @ Hayes 1
Ever Presents – Lachie, AJ, Matt, Calvin & Nick

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