Green and Gold Magazine

April 2018 Edition


From the Editor

 

Welcome to the 1st Edition for 2018 of the Green and Gold Magazine.
 

 
1st Edition 2018

 GREEN & GOLD 


WELCOME


Welcome back to the 2018 football season – a special welcome to the new families who have joined our Club this year. This is our 49th Season !!
Please take time to check the Green and Gold magazine for information relevant to the season, such as social events, fundraising etc. The magazine will be posted on the Hills Hawks website monthly at  www.hillshawksfc.com.au
The Committee is here to assist you whenever you need help – the Committee List is included in this magazine so feel free to call if you need assistance.
 

Click Here for 2018 Commitee Members 

Wishing you all a successful football season,
Ian Robertson 
President
Hills Hawks Football Club Committee


Hills Hawks Football Club sponsored by: 

         

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS

We are pleased to welcome back our major sponsors Glenorie RSL & Bendigo Bank together with our other loyal sponsors: Hills District Farm Equipment, CVW Engineering, Turrell Building, Coppernest, Chizzo's Pizza, Hills Self Storage & SPA & BBQ Barn Dural

We also welcome a new major sponsor in 2018: CLEARSTATE   



This sponsorship goes a long way towards helping us run a successful Club so we urge you to support them with your patronage.

 



GHFA RESPECT PROGRAM

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:
 

HILLS HAWKS ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD

“TEAM OF THE WEEK”

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, a kids bistro voucher at Glenorie RSL Club 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!         

07/04/2017 Under 6 White
14/04/2017 Under 7 White
21/04/2017 Under 6 Orange
 28/04/2017 Under 8 Yellow
   
 

DATES FOR THE DIARY:

Team Photos – Saturday 26 May 2018

Photo shoot will take place at Hayes Park. Please be there and assembled 10 minutes before booking time and in uniform. ALL coaches and managers to wear their club polo shirts. 
If you need any help, please feel free to contact Carol Pereira anacharol@gmail.com / 0415 277 550

Click here Team Photos Flyer:

Mini Gala Day – Sunday 27 May 2018

The 2018 Annual Hills Hawks Mini Gala Day will be on Sunday 27 May 2018, with a backup of Sunday 3rd June 2018 in the event of bad weather,
so please come along and see some great football being played by the Under 6 to Under 8 age group from many clubs around Sydney and the Central Coast,
the future stars of our game at Hayes Oval from 9am. 

Referees wanted please 
Any persons wishing to volunteer their time please contact pgrocott69@gmail.com

Click here for GALA DAY Invitation:
 
Gala Day 2018 Raffle Tickets – only $1 per ticket
 
Prizes included TBA 
 
Tickets will be drawn around 12.00pm on the day 

We need your cakes for the day !!

Click here for more GALA DAY CAKE info:

GOING PURPLE  – Saturday 23 June 2018

Click here for GOING PURPLE info:

COMEDY FOR A CAUSE – Saturday 28 July 2018 - Glenorie RSL Club 

Gear Sales  – Available every Saturday at the Canteen 

 

MENS SOCIAL COMPETITION

 
Hills Hawks O35 Men's Social Competition
 
Thank you Turrell Building for sponsoring our innaugural Mens Social Competition 
 
After a couple of years in planning, the Hills Hawks O35 Men's Social Competition has finally kicked off, and is flourishing. On the sunny afternoon of April 7, the first matches of the season took place between the 'Torn Hammies' and the 'Barflies', followed by 'Get Stuffed ' up against the 'Nasty Tuesdays.' Both matches set the tone for the season as the willing spectators, made up of sympathetic and enthusiastic partners, children, and obviously football connoisseurs, cheered on the equally willing 'athletes' on the pitch. Each week the standard of matches, and the camaraderie, both on and off the pitch, has continued to grow. It has been particularly pleasing to see players from each team supporting their rivals, as they fill in, as required, and give vocal support from support from the sidelines, whilst applying ice-packs and 'rehydrating.' The four squads are still expanding as several interested spectators have taken the plunge and signed up to join in the fun. After five rounds despite some close and fiercely competitive matches the 'Barflies' remain unbeaten and seem to be the team to beat. We are all looking forward to the rest of the season and the continuing growth of the competition and the expanding of the Hills Hawks football community. Matches take place each Saturday on Hayes 4 from 2:30pm for interested spectators. All welcome.
 

PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE 
After Round 5 competition rounds:
1st Grade in 6th place & Reserve Grade in 5th place 

Premier League remaining home games 2018 
 
Reserves Kick Off @1:00PM Firsts @3:00PM 
Date Home Team Away Team
09/06/18 Hills Hawks FC Epping Eastwood FC
16/06/18 Hills Hawks FC North Epping Rangers SC
30/06/18 Hills Hawks FC Epping FC
07/07/18 Hills Hawks FC Pennant Hills FC
14/07/18 Hills Hawks FC Macquarie Uni SC
21/07/18 Hills Hawks FC Normanhurst FC
28/07/18 Hills Hawks FC Eastwood St Andrews AFC

 
 
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Hills Hawks O35 Men's Social Competition
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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MATCH REPORTS:



U6 to U8

7 Apr Under 6 North/Orange vs Epping B - Loss (5-12)

Mighty Munchkins!

Such a joy to watch our newest and littlest Hills Hawks players loving the game on Saturday morning. They show such promise and already the training sessions are paying off. A special shout out to our wonderful coach Darren who really is making our team the one to watch!


7 Apr Under 6 North/White vs Thornleigh Thunder Team A - Win (12-2)

Hills Hawks Under 6 White

First game of the season and the team were very excited! Coach Ian gave the team some encouraging words just before kick-off.
The team were eager to start, with Hurricane Harry kicking the first goal! The team were most excited with their hands in the air and cheers being exhaled!
Up 10-0 at half time, the team enjoyed the oranges at half time, then onto the field for the next half.
The goals kept coming and their energy continued through to the end of the game with the end result being 12-2.
The team shook hands and gave three cheers for the Thornleigh Thunder who put in a great effort.
Player of the week this week went to Harry, who put in an amazing effort scoring 6 goals.
Well done to Arabella, Reid, William, Harry and Lachlan for a fantastic game.


7 Apr Under 7 North/White vs Roselea - Win (3-1)

Under 7 White Victory!!

An Excellent First game for all our first timers. The girls and boys all tackled very well and defended their goal with ferocity!
Alex scored the first goal with a long run and shot at goal
Jack scored our second goal with a long range shot. Great shot Jack! Our third goal again was scored by Alex. There were some close calls for more goals but all shots went wide. Our defending was very good today. Well done all!


7 Apr Under 8 North/Gold vs West Pennant Hills - Loss (0-5)

Under 8 - Yellow Team

Great first game for the team. Everyone is starting to work well in their positions of attacker vs defender. Johnny and Fletcher did great as goalies. Great attacking and defending by Johnny, Tom, Oliver N and Fletcher. Player of the match was Fletcher.


14 Apr Under 6 North/Orange vs Epping A - Win (8-6)

First win for the mighty U5s!

A big morning for the U5s! After a delayed start as our opponents looked for players we played a strong first half with lots of goals from both teams. 3-3 at half time. The oranges and pep talk from coach Darren did the trick and the Hawks romped through the second half to a 8-6 victory. 6 goals and man of the match for Callum Reddie and some great play from Allana and Max both also scoring goals. George, Ruby and Zac provided brilliant defense - the whole team really showing the benefit of a few weeks of coaching. Great performance from U5! Cant wait until next week!


14 Apr Under 6 North/Red vs Beecroft A - Win (6-4)

Match Report v Beecroft A

Great win today by the boys who started strong with a goal in the first minute of the game. An overall well balanced match with strong contribution from everyone. Goals to Jack, Harry and Finn with player of the day going to Daniel.


14 Apr Under 6 North/White vs Pennant Hills U6 White - Win (8-3)

First Home Game

First Home Game!

The team gathered at 8am to set up the fields, to our surprise they were already was set up. Big thank you to the mystery person who set the field up.

8.30am came around quickly and the team were ready to play Pennant Hills.

The opposition had an all female team and they certainly had their girl power on!

Roaring Reid kicked his first goal for the season and put in a fabulous effort throughout the game, as did the team.

The score was one for one until mid way through the second half where the Hills Hawks broke through and put away 4 consecutive goals.

Final score being 8-3. Player of the week went to Reid, amazing effort Reid.

Big congratulations to Reid, Harry, William, Arabella and Lachlan for an outstanding game.

Thank you to the McGuinness’ for supplying the oranges.


14 Apr Under 7 North/White vs Beecroft B - Loss (0-8)

You win some you lose some!

Spirits remained high despite fierce opposition on Saturday. Brilliant team and defense work from the U7 Hawks but goals eluded our wonderful players this week. Well done to all who played, kept going to the end and remained good sportsmen/women throughout. Character building stuff! Looking forward to the next match.


14 Apr Under 8 North/Orange vs WPH Cherrybrook FC - Draw (7-7)

Round 2 vs WPH Cherrybrook

With a Bye in the first week this was a solid first game for the team. An early goal by Jake A set the tone with his 7 goals earning him POTW. Great goal attempts in the first half by Lucy with good support from Andrew, JD and Ben. Matthew had some good saves as goalie for the first time, with Cian and Ashton also working hard at defence. Great work team!


21 Apr Under 6 North/Orange vs Redbacks a - Win (8-1)

What a match!

A huge win for the Under 6 Orange on Saturday with an outcome of 8-1 at our home ground. It was a beautiful morning and with a 5 strong team we made the most of our substitutes to give everyone a lot of on field time. Alana and Callum dominated the goal scoring with 4 goals a piece. Ruby, George and Max provided a solid defense and some epic goal celebrations with headstands and forward somersaults! Everyone had a lovely morning. Check out the photos of our lovely little team on the Hills Hawks Facebook page.


21 Apr Under 6 North/Red vs Beecroft B - Win (3-1)

Match Report v Beecroft B

Another great effort all round by the boys winning 3-1. The nil all half time score wasn't a reflection of how well the boys were playing as it was only a matter of time till they scored. 3 quick goals in the second half to Archie, Jack and Harry secured another win. Player of the match went to Archie.


21 Apr Under 6 North/White vs Thornleigh Thunder Team B - Win (8-2)

Game 3!

Game three! As per usual the team was full of energy, having a kick around before the game. We were one player down this week, so that meant no subs. Coach Ian spoke to the team about preserving energy, and if they needed at drink to his head to the sideline.

The game started and the team were on fire! Goals were coming left, right and centre. Although there was no training this week it was clear the team were practicing independently at home.

Amazing Arabella had almighty kicks and was able to score two goals. The effort scored Arabella Player of The week! congratulations Arabella.

Well done to Arabella, Harry, William and Lachlan for a fantastic effort. Final score was 8-2 with a with to the Hawkies!

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21 Apr Under 7 North/White vs Epping B - Win (12-2)

Momentous Victory!

A fabulous scoreline to go with a beautiful morning at our home-ground on Saturday. Jack and Alex dominated the goal scoring with 5 and 7 goals each. Olivia, Maddie and Eli provided fantastic defense support for the entire match. Our opponents were very gracious in their defeat and our team made some kind substitutions in the second half to give them a chance at goals. A great way to start the day and we are all looking forward to next week and the rest of the season.


21 Apr Under 8 North/Gold vs Roselea - Loss (0-7)

Under 8 - Yellow Team

Although we lost the boys put up a great effort against Roselea up until the full time whistle. Great goal efforts by Oliver T and Noah. Player of the match was Tom B.


21 Apr Under 8 North/Orange vs Pennant Hills FC - Win (8-3)

Round 3 vs Pennant Hills FC

The team really worked on improving their passing skills this week with all players being more aware of their team mates and calling out for the ball. In her first season and only her 3rd game Lucy has worked hard to improve her skills and earnt POTW with her first goal and some good defence as goalkeeper. Well done team!


28 Apr Under 6 North/Orange vs Redbacks b - Win (14-3)

Stellar performance!

U6 Orange pulled a magical win out of the hat on Saturday morning with a dramatic score line of 14-3. With so many highlights it was the match of the season so far. Callum scored 10 goals cementing his role as the striker of the team. Ruby and George both had their first goals of the season which was a joy to watch their little faces in disbelief as the ball hit the back of the net. Max maintained a determined and strong defense despite copping a rogue ball in the face. Alana showed sensational ball skills and two brilliant goals. We couldn't be prouder of our little team as they kindly subbed off in the last 5 minutes of the game to give the Redbacks a chance at recovery and three quick goals. Player of the week to Ruby whose reaction at receiving it was priceless. Fun, fitness, kindness and lots of happy faces. A great way to start the weekend .


28 Apr Under 6 North/White vs Beecroft Wombats - Loss (2-9)

Rainy Game

Our first game, in the rain! It took a while for the team to warm up, however jumpers were the preferred option ??

We versed the mighty Beecroft Wombats, they were off to a roaring start.

The team played well and they all had a great time.

In the second half the team managed scored two goals, one of those being from Wonderful William! This valiant effort scored him player of the week.

Well done team!

A big thank you to the McGuinness’ for their help on the BBQ, Cholena for providing the oranges and Coach Ian for your wise words.


28 Apr Under 8 North/Gold vs null - Loss (0-4)

Under 8 Yellow

The team is starting to hold their positions, calling out and showing team work to get the ball through. Player of the match was Oliver N.


28 Apr Under 8 North/Orange vs Beecroft FC - Loss (1-2)

Round 4 vs Beecroft FC

An outstanding display of determination and team work. Even though we only fielded 6 players the whole team worked incredibly hard in the rain and dominated play for most of the game. A lucky goal in the final seconds gave the win to Beecroft, but the team should be proud of their efforts. POTW Andrew who never stopped running the whole game.


U9 to U19

7 Apr U10/2 vs All saints hunters hill sc - Win (17-0)

Hills Hawks 10/2 off to a great start

Amazing start to the season winning 17-0 against All Saints Hunters Hill. Our goalies didn’t get to show off their skills much due to the great defense and attack work from all the boys. Though boys are still getting to know one another they worked well as a team with lots of passing. Looking forward to seeing how this team develops in the coming weeks.


7 Apr U13/3 vs GLADESVILLE SHARKS - Loss (3-6)

Under 13/2s - 1st Game of 2018 Season

The under 13/2s did a great job today. With 50% of the team being new players to the team and club and only one trial game under their belt, the boys felt every minute of the 1st half, with the Gladesville Sharks scoring 4 unanswered goals.

The second half was definitely the Hawks'. After a pep talk from the Coach, the boys dug deep to score 3 goals to 2, as the result of a great team effort.

Ethan, having been brought up from Defence (a position he held all last year) to Striker, scored 2 of the team's 3 goals, with Kye being our other super goal scorer.

Also a special mention has to be made for Connor, who after being injured and taken off the field for a short while to ice a knee injury, returned in fantastic style to save an opposition goal with a great header.

The team managed to keep the score to a respectable (3-6) with many more goals being saved by our goalies putting their bodies on the line.

Good work 13/2s. What a fabulous job. It just shows that when working as a team, you can achieve great things.

We can't wait for the next game against All Saints Hunters Hill next week.


7 Apr U14/3 vs West Ryde Rovers - Draw (2-2)

Solid start to the season

Down 2 nil early in the 1st half we bounced back in the second half to level the game - we dominated for 50 Minutes and were unlucky to not clinch a 3rd goal.


7 Apr U16/3 vs ARARAT FC - Win (3-2)

ARARAT FC X HILLS HAWKS

We started with all 15 players today. Excellent win to start the season.
First half: Ararat - 2 x Hills Hawks - 1 Second half: Ararat - 2 x Hills Hawks - 3
Home team didn't use the E-sheet for their first game.


7 Apr U17-18/3 vs Roselea Blue - Win (5-3)

Roselea Blue 3 Hawks 5

Hawks got off to a winning start but the margin of just 2 goals should have been far greater with poor finishing letting them down. Still, it was a good game to blow the cobwebs away and it was Hawks that totally dominated the first half. They could have built a healthy lead by 20 mins with Daniel & Salty testing the Roselea keeper, while Riley and Zac had narrow misses, however the best chance fell to Riley on 12 mins as he brought another fine save from the keeper after meeting Zac’s pinpoint cross. The rebound fell kindly and this time he found the bar before finally somehow firing over when it appeared impossible to miss. Hawks did eventually make the breakthrough on 24 mins as Zac coolly slotted under the keeper as he latched on to a Woodsy through ball. The next 20 mins didn’t offer much from either side as the midfield battle cancelled each other out and just when it looked like Hawks would have to settle for a one goal lead at the break, Coatsey smashed in a superb free-kick from all of 40 yards as his unerring drive dipped just at the right moment to clip the underside of the bar. Definitely an early goal of the season contender!
Roselea came out for the second half with more intent and Ethan in goal became more than a spectator however it was still Hawks that had the better chances falling to Zac, Daniel and Riley with Zac’s shot particularly unlucky, drawing a wonderful save from the highly impressive Roselea keeper following a fine move involving Matt & Daniel. On 56 mins Zac notched his second with a poacher’s goal after good work from Riley. Almost immediately it was 3-1 as Roselea’s # 4 followed up a stinging shot from range that Ethan could only parry. With their tales up Roselea added a second just a minute later as a great strike from # 7 sailed over Ethan’s head. All of Hawks earlier good work was now looking decidedly shakey but gradually some composure returned as Nick had two decent chances as he moved forward into an offensive role. Salty then had a shot fizz just wide, then drew a save which was sandwiched between a Woodsy header, Zac hitting over the top and Riley finding the top of the bar. The sustained pressure found reward when Zac was clipped in the box on 71 mins. Zac took longer to go down than The Titanic which made the referee’s decision a bit harder but he made the right call, pointing to the spot. Woodsy who had earned the right of penalty taker in training made no mistake blasting low down the middle to make it 4-2. A minute later Cal should have made the game safe but he got his feet in a mess from Daniel’s cross and the chance was snubbed out by the defence. The Roselea keeper made three more saves in quick succession from Daniel, Riley and a pile driver from Zac before Riley did guarantee the points on 85 mins with a sweet cross/shot that flew into the opposite top corner. There was conjecture whether it was a cross but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, especially as he almost replicated it minutes later. Almost from kick-off it was Roselea who scored the final goal of the game as the ball was given away cheaply in midfield and the # 95 won the footrace from the ball over the top to make the score look more respectable than it really should have been.
On a hot day it was a good run out with some sublime passing happening while the finishing can only improve over time. Riley picked up Man-of-the-Match (MOTM) followed by Coatsey and Woodsy. Also special mentions go to Zac who bagged a brace, Ethan who’s kicking, handling and distribution were first class, Aidan who enjoyed a strong debut, Dawsy who terrorised the left fullback and Matt who didn’t misplace one pass, doing all the simple things right.


7 Apr U9/2 North vs Rose-Lea - Win (10-1)

Great game for the coach

The kids did all the work but it was the first time in four years of coaching that the kids have executed my plan. The look on the parents faces at full time was pretty funny, a mix of huge smiles and open-mouthed shock. I put it down to finally having a team of balanced ability. No big holes and trust between teammates. It was a big surprise to see this because there are 4 new kids in the team and training has been challenging to say the least.
Grading Grading Grading, when done well it's the best!!
We have some great talent in this team and if the kids can stay focused and listen to the coach when he is talking at training ( I can only hope, right?) then it could be a really great season.
What was this plan that was so well executed? It is the simplest plan ever. The backs get the ball, take it wide - never to the middle in our half, pass it up the sideline (or to the centre-forward), cross it to the centre-forward. Always stay in your position, trust your team mate to do their job. Back them up, DON'T dive in and help them.
I still can't believe it worked!
Well done kids.
Player of the week - Lachlan - Right Back. Outstanding game, best I have seen him play. Half the goals at least came from his effort from the back.
- Josh


7 Apr U9/4 vs Hunters Hill - Loss (1-2)

First Game!

Well done to the team for trying so hard for our first game. Despite the unseasonably warm weather and long grass, it was quite a fast game for the boys! Player of the match was Aran and well deserved.
See you all next week.


7 Apr U9/6 vs North Epping Rangers - Draw (1-1)

Game 1 - Season 2018 for Team 9/6

What a beautiful day (although a little on the warm side) for Team 9/6's first game today. The boys played a strong-looking North Epping Rangers team. Joel H scored a great goal in the 1st half and Cooper and Noah played really well back in defence. Just after half time the Rangers scored a goal to tie it up at 1-1 and that was the final score. All players put in their absolute best today. Looking forward to a fun season of soccer ahead!


14 Apr U10/2 vs North Ryde SC - Win (4-1)

Hard work pays off for Under 10/2s

With no subs the boys worked hard today for a well earned win. Our defense players, Jack P, Rorey and Josh did a great job and goalie Marcus showed his skills with a number of incredible saves. All the boys again showed amazing passing skills and their teamwork helped Jack F to score 3 goals and Finn to score 1.


14 Apr U13/3 vs All Saints Hunters Hill - Loss (2-4)

Under 13/2s

With 3 players out due to illness, injury or holidays, we were grateful for the support from our four borrowed players, Sam, Ruby, Maddie and Rose.

The team took a little while to get to know each other and gel as a team in the first half of the game, which saw the opposition score 3 quick goals.

The second half, saw our team really start to play well together with some good positional play. Diego managed some fancy footwork with a terrific cross from the left hand sideline, to set up our first goal by Kye, who finished it of in great style.

The mids and backs gave great support moving the ball forward which allowed our team to score a second goal, again thanks to Kye.

It was a great effort by all. Good work team.


14 Apr U14/3 vs Northern HFC - Forfeited by opposition

Home Team Forfeit


14 Apr U16/3 vs Macquarie Dragons - Win (8-0)

HILLS HAWKS X MACQUARIE DRAGONS (WIN 8-0)

Excellent way to start the season with another big win for U16/3! Congratulations boys and GO HAWKS!!!


14 Apr U17-18/3 vs West Ryde Rovers - Loss (0-9)

Hawks 0 West Ryde Rovers 9

Hawks endured a miserable day where the whole team had a match to forget. They got off to a promising start playing “keep ball” for the opening couple of minutes with some nice passing but sadly with no end product. When Rovers finally got the ball they made it count and scored with their first foray into the Hawks half after just three minutes. A quickly taken free kick caught the back line flat footed and two players rushed through to remain on-side in what looked like a rehearsed move with # 7 making no mistake. It was 2-0 after just five minutes from their second attack as a quick throw resulted in # 8 lobbing Ethan in goal. The bad start continued and with just 9 mins in it was 3-0 as # 10 got on the scoresheet. Hawks looked shell-shocked but did improve as Cal entered the fray from the bench and immediately gave Hawks an offensive threat which saw Daniel volley wide following a superb Riley cross. Hawks had regained some composure and enjoyed a better spell where they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for the next 10 mins with half chances falling to Nick, Riley and Luke Belcastro who was helping out from the U16's. Luke’s shot ended up being Hawks best effort of the game as his powerful drive dipped awkwardly in front of the keeper but not enough to deceive him. Against the run of play, Rovers once again showed their finishing superiority, as the # 10 added his second to make it 4-0 after winning the foot race from another direct ball over the top. His eventful half continued as he collected a yellow card for dissent shown to referee. Cal then had a decent effort saved, much to his frustration, just when it looked like it may clear the keeper. Just before half-time Ethan made a fine save with some great positioning following yet another freebie from a corner. Defending from corners seems to be a big problem for Hawks this season and undoubtedly something to address on the training field.

At 4-0 down at the break and facing into a gusty wind, the second half wasn’t going to be easy and so it proved as # 7 waltzed through the back line with ease to blast past Ethan at his near post on 55 mins. Ten mins later it was 6-0 as # 7’s perfect through ball found # 10 clear, who completed his hat-trick with a bobbling shot that deceived Ethan. Riley then reminded Rovers that there was another team on the field as he shot over from distance before Rovers’ # 7, easily the best player on the field, also completed his hat-trick with a stunning free-kick into the top corner on 83 mins. The Rovers coach wasn’t surprised as the player had been mastering this at training – practice makes perfect! On 85 mins # 4 finished all to easily as Hawks had already run up the white flag and just a minute later Sam compounded Hawks miserable day with an own goal as he tried to clear a difficult ball across goal. I guess if you are going to score an OG, do it when it makes no difference to the result.

Hawks were comprehensively out fought and out thought against a team that showed much more desire and one which is surely expected to be challenging for honours come the end of season. They should certainly not be a nine goal better team than Hawks but unless Hawks improve in every area of the field then this is the reality. Picking MOTM was very hard today however Cal collects the accolade as his presence from the bench immediately made things happen, Luke showed good spirit, never giving up the fight and while Woodsy didn’t have a good day he still did more than most.


14 Apr U9/6 vs WPH Cherrybrook - Loss (0-9)

Game 2 - Season 2018 for Team 9/6

What a gallant effort from the boys today! Conditions were very hot and with no subs available the boys tried really hard. Hawks played a very skilled WPH Cherrybrook team, who scored some spectacular goals. On the day WPH Cherrybrook were too good and came out on top 9-0.


21 Apr U10/2 vs West Ryde Rovers - Win (8-2)

Under 10/2s on form again

Another fantastic match, with the boys winning 8-2. Unfortunately for West Ryde they started the game with an own goal, but from then on gave the boys a good workout. Matthew, Jack F, James, Max and Josh all scored goals this week with great passing and set ups by other team members. Again our goalies Marcus and Zane had some great saves.


21 Apr U13/3 vs WPH Cherrybrook FC - Loss (0-8)

Under 13/2s

This week, we were up against a far superior team. Credit paid where credit due!

The positive aspect we can take out of this game is that we have found many areas that we can work on at training and improve for next week's game. Playing difficult games provides challenges for our players that we would not have access to if we were in a lower grade and allows the team to grow into better players.

Remembering our positions, marking our opposition players and playing as a team, not as individuals, will allow us to become a better, more formidable team overall.

There are two quotes by Md Ali that are worth noting:

Firstly:

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."

It's always the little things that we fail to notice, the little things that trip us up. Keep an eye on the details as well as the big picture. Ali did--and look at the amazing results.

and secondly:

"If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it--then I can achieve it."

When there's a will, there's a way. Ali's success was, without a doubt, a concrete indication that our dreams can always come true, so as long as we believe in them ourselves.

Keep your chins up team. We can do this!


21 Apr U14/3 vs Ryde Panthers FC - Win (6-0)

First win

We had a few key players away on holidays and tried some players in new positions coming away with a good result - Hat trick to Owen .


21 Apr U16/3 vs WPH CHERRYBROOK - Win (2-1)

WPH CHERRYBROOK X HILLS HAWKS FC

Another win for HH U16/3!
3 players missing and some injuries but we came away with another good score!
GO HAWKS!!

Regarding sheets system:
Both teams had problems with Icomp this morning, so couldn't start the match with team sheets ready. Until this moment our game results are not updated in the system which is still not working.


21 Apr U17-18/3 vs WPH Cherrybrook - Win (2-1)

WPH Cherrybrook 1 Hawks 2

Hawks got their second win of the season but had to battle all the way to grab the 3 points. With Morgo back in the heart of the defence, a slow start saw the back line come under increasing pressure but they passed the first tests and a free-kick from # 3 was comfortably saved by Ethan. Despite some WPH pressure it was Hawks who took the lead in their first attack on 5 mins as Morgo’s long pass out of defence found Riley who turned his man before coolly “passing” into the net for a very composed finish. Daniel who worked very hard in the midfield saw a blocked shot before Ethan produced a wonderful save, tipping over from # 11. Salty should have done better but scuffed his shot after collecting a pass from Thommo, who was playing up from the 16’s but then redeemed himself with another calm finish to make it 2-0 on 18 mins after great build up play involving Sam, Nick & Riley. Shots came thick and fast from Thommo, Nick and Woodsy before the latter saw a brilliant half volley just clear the bar after some great wing trickery from Nick on the left and Dawsey on the right. Luke who was also playing up from the 16’s and having another strong match, saw his free kick daisy cut just the wrong side of the post and with his tail up, was unlucky moments later to see his dipping shot just clear the bar after some fluid midfield passing. Everyone bar the referee thought it was 3-0 on 32 mins as the impressive Daniel received a pass from Aidan and saw his shot hit the underside of the bar, bounce down near the goal line and out. The trajectory of ball suggested that ball had crossed the line and with goal line technology it surely would have been given. Unfortunately, the ref couldn’t signal a goal as she had to be 100% sure so it stayed at 2-0. The shots on goal continued but the sights needed to be adjusted as Morgo fired over and Dawsey didn’t get enough despatch chasing Aidan’s long clearance. Despite all the pressure it was WPH who got the next goal on 40 mins as Sam was adjudged to have fouled # 15 in the box and he can certainly count himself unlucky as the WPH player “milked” the minimal contact to win the spot kick. The same player dusted himself off to fire a neat penalty to Ethan’s right. Right on half time a superb Riley corner found the head of Woodsy but like the majority of the first half chances if sailed north of the bar.

It had been a strong 40 mins for Hawks but the break did them no favours as WPH recharged the batteries and while no goals were scored in the second half, it was WPH who had the clearest opportunity. Before this, Nick who was enjoying a strong match sped down the right and put a good ball into Daniel who was now playing striker but unfortunately, he got his body shape wrong and another chance was spurned. Woodsy then picked up a Yellow Card showing some frustration with a bit of “afters” with the WPH # 8. The resulting free kick saw Ethan save well as the ball bounced horribly just in front of him. Riley then had two chances to extend Hawks lead, firing over from Nick’s saved shot and then was a whisker wide from a great Dawsey cross. Salty became the second Hawk to enter the referee’s notebook for petulantly kicking the ball away after being given offside. The big chance for WPH came on 64 mins as the dangerous # 15 blasted over when it seemed impossible to miss. Ethan who had been very decisive throughout, allowed a little indecision to creep in, misjudging the flight of a free-kick but luckily the # 15 got it horribly wrong. Normal service resumed with more Hawks chances as the WPH keeper made a mess of an Aidan shot, then Morgo saw an “up and under” which looked more at home on the rugby field, bounce just wide and finally Dawsey saw a decent effort cleared off the line by # 3. On 73 mins WPH should have done better with a header from # 9 but it was soon back up the other end as Thommo, Riley and Daniel saw further chances go begging. Cal did have the ball in the net on 83 mins but was correctly given offside. The initial through ball was to Daniel but the ball rebounded to Cal who had been in an offside position at the start of the move - a fine piece of work by the referee who didn’t get much wrong today. There were just two more chances left, the first falling to WPH as a free-kick from # 3 was blocked by Sam in the wall and finally a header from Daniel that went wide.

It was pleasing to see the defence get the accolades this week, with Aidan, Sam & AJ stepping up, while Morgo being back in the middle showed plenty of defensive dominance. Luke also didn’t look a year younger either as his physicality was prominent throughout. The goals scored showed great maturity and composure from Riley and Salty which made the rest of the missed chances seem rather puzzling. The goal attempt count was Hawks 27 to WPH’s 7, which is a 7.5% conversion rate from Hawks. Had this been an AFL match, then Hawks would have been out of sight by half time, so the message is keep your head down when shooting. MOTM today goes to Daniel for his amazing work rate on a hot day. He was followed very closely by Morgo, while Ethan can also be pleased with his days work hardly putting a glove wrong. Nick can count himself very unlucky not to feature in the top 3.


21 Apr U9/6 vs Redfield Lions - Loss (1-3)

Game 3 - Season 2018 for Team 9/6

The Hawks got off to a great start with an early goal scored by Joel K! Our team put in a fantastic effort with only 7 players available vs the Lions 10 players, that were able to be regularly subbed. Needless to say our boys ran out of legs and went down 3-1. Despite the score it was so great to see the boys enjoying playing together as a team.


28 Apr U10/2 vs Northern HFC - Win (4-2)

The rain didn’t stop us!

Whilst it drizzled on and off the whole game both teams played well. The boys were working hard but Northern HFC had managed to score 2 goals going into half time. Following a pep talk at half time spirits were lifted and the boys scored a goal within the first couple of minutes. This gave the boys momentum and they went on to score another 3 goals. Fantastic passing, set ups and defense work seen by all.


28 Apr U13/3 vs Ryde Saints United FC - Forfeited by opposition

Under 13/2s

Game forfeited by Ryde Saints, due to lack of players to field a team.


28 Apr U13/5 vs Pennant Hills - Draw (1-1)


28 Apr U14/3 vs WPH Cherrybrook FC - Draw (3-3)

Lotsa Chances today

Up against the comp leaders we matched them most of the game unlucky not to get the 3 points - Outstanding game Tom B saving a penalty.


28 Apr U15/2 vs Gladesville Ravens SC - Win (8-0)

Vs Gladesville Ravens SC

A fantastic 8-nil win against an under strength Gladesville side. 5 players on the score sheet today with Harry bagging 3, Marcus got 2 and Pat, Ben J and Josh all getting one each.


28 Apr U16/3 vs EPPING - Win (4-0)


28 Apr U17-18/3 vs Eastwood St Andrews - Draw (1-1)

Hawks 1 Eastwood St Andrews 1

Hawks came from behind to salvage a hard earned draw in a game they bossed for long periods but lacked a cutting edge. It was Eastwood who were quicker out of the blocks and Ethan had to be alert to make two routine saves before Hawks had ventured into opposing territory. When they did, it almost produced a goal as a great ball forward from AJ to Dawsey saw the latter produce a pinpoint cross to Riley, whose volleyed shot was blocked by # 16. Ethan was then quick off his line to quell an Eastwood attack and this would prove to be a regular occurrence throughout the game as he played the sweeper keeper role as per the textbook. Daniel was next to try his luck on 9 mins as his bobbling shot brought out a fine save from the keeper and then Woodsy guided a header just over from another excellent Dawsey cross, who was enjoying a strong opening quarter of the game. At the other end Aiden produced a brilliant sliding tackle to prevent the # 9 bearing down on goal, before the ball was soon up the other end as a great Woodsy ball found Santi, who was helping out from the 16’s but while his first touch opened up the chance his shot was too close to the keeper and the game stayed goalless. Not for long though, as the Eastwood # 9 capitalised on a series of defensive blunders to finish into an open net to make it 1-0 to Eastwood on 17 mins. Within two minutes Riley’s venomous shot was well saved and the resulting rebound was just too high for the waiting Santi. The remainder of the half was quite dull by comparison as two cross shots by # 11 were equalled by two similar efforts by Riley and Salty.

The formation was tweaked at half-time with the intention of getting Daniel and Woodsy more involved so Matt dropped into a defensive midfield role, Cal moved to centre back and Sam to left back. Hawks came out looking hungrier and Nick brought out a good save after fine approach play by Morgo and Woodsy. Daniel then shot just wide after a mazy run before Morgo got the equaliser on 63 mins as he got on the end of a Dawsey pass to see the ball ricochet into the bottom left hand corner. Hawks who had completely bossed the second half then inexplicably retreated back into their shells allowing Eastwood some ball time which brought fine saves from Ethan as he thwarted the # 9 and did well to prevent an OG from Woodsy’s misguided headed clearance following an Eastwood corner. At the other end Riley saw a floated shot from a superb AJ through ball, clear the bar while a great chance fell to Daniel 15 mins from time as the best move of the game involving Morgo and Riley saw the keeper pull off a fantastic save to ensure Eastwood kept a share of the spoils.

It wasn’t a game for the purists as neither team really got going. AJ wins MOTM for a faultless display filling in a number of positions to the best of his ability. For a second week running, Ethan hardly put a glove wrong while Woodsy was definitely up for the challenge even if some of his tackles were lucky not to draw more attention from the referee. Dawsey had a great first half while Sam had a much improved second half.


28 Apr U9/6 vs West Ryde Rovers - Win (3-0)

Game 4 - Season 2018 for Team 9/6

I was unfortunately away for this game. Our team only had 6 players on hand but didn't let that stop them. I was advised by the parent spectators that everyone played brilliantly, despite the odds and put in a terrific team effort, coming out victorious 3-0!!!


Premier League

7 Apr PL/1 vs Epping Eastwood - Loss (1-3)

Season opener

A tough physical game versus last year's runners up. No quarter given by either side but Epping took full advantage of Hawks "season opener" defending with 3 goals from set plays.


7 Apr PL/2 vs Epping Eastwood - Loss (0-1)

Bitter pill

A hard fought game. An even first half but Hawks dominated the second half. Lots of good chances to Hawks but no goals. The opposition scored on a counterattack with a minute to go. If I was giving 3 points it would go to Josh Rosier.


14 Apr PL/1 vs Gladesville Ravens - Win (3-1)

Home at Hayes

Our first game of the season resulted in a 3-1 win against Gladesville Ravens. A good first half saw us leading 2-1 at the break. Second half was a struggle with a lot of tired players feeling the pressure. Finished the game off with a goal with 5 minutes from the end.


14 Apr PL/2 vs Gladesville Ravens - Win (3-1)

Comfortable win

We made this game a bit harder than it needed to be. Went 1-0 up and then couldn't put the game to bed. The opposition equalised but it was short lived. Chris Palmer scored from 45 metres from a free kick to take it to 3-1


21 Apr PL/1 vs North Epping Rangers - Win (4-2)

Tough physical game

Playing North Epping Rangers is always a tough game - we came out and scored within a minute but then they equalised in the second minute. We managed to get up 3 - 1 by half time and although the boys were getting tired in the second half, they managed to score another goal and keep the defence strong to come away with a 4 - 2 win. Well done boys.


21 Apr PL/2 vs North Epping Rangers - Win (3-2)

Well earned win

The boys played well today - we had a new player on debut, Tim, who scored a hat-trick - we were always in front on the scoreboard and the boys combined well on the field - well done.


28 Apr PL/2 vs West Pennant Hills - Loss (1-4)

Not our lucky day

The boys played hard but it just wasn't our day today and we lost to a better team.


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