Paulton Hawks started the first of 3 homes games on Saturday for the club against Vivary. Having lost to them previously and not gaining a point, they knew it was going to be a tough game, so went out with the attitude to just enjoy the match.Thankfully the weather was dry. but Hawks still started the first quarter playing short and sharp passing.
Missing Victoria, Cheryl stepped in to take the GD position and quickly settled in the defence partnership with Kirsty at GK. Together they put pressure on Vivary’s attack which forced some missed goals. Hawks were able to get some turnovers from this and ended the first quarter leading 10 goals to 7.
The second quarter started with Hawks playing their own game, with Shelley and Sarah linking well in the attack, ensuring they took their time feeding into the circle. With Davina moving strongly she was able to gain good position to shoot rarely missing the net. Darby also kept the attack strong, with her rotating and making space, and also scoring some great long goals. Hawks increased their lead and ended the 2nd quarter 18 goals to 11.
After a good team talk from captain Debbie at half time, still not quite believing they were in the lead, Hawks knew they had to continue to remain calm in the 3rd quarter. Cheryl made some great interceptions in the defence and Kirsty added to the pressure on the attack. Vivary were still fighting though, but with the supporters cheering them on Hawks still remained the dominant team increased their lead by 2 ending the quarter 27 goals to 18.
The final quarter proved to be the toughest, with both teams tiring but Vivary still looking to try and catch up to gain an extra point. Laura remained strong though and marked her WA out of the game in this final battle. Hawks did make a few mistakes, which allowed Vivary to close the gap. Thankfully Hawks kept fightling and managed to win the game and achieve another 5 points 31 goals to 26.