Hawks sink the Pirates
The Adelaide Hills Hawks resumed normal service after the COVID lockdown with a disciplined 3-0 win over fourth placed Port Adelaide Pirates. It was a satisfying performance after the euphoria of the last round when they beat top and previously undefeated Mercedes with one man less for most of the game.
In the early game the reserves bounced back with come from behind 4-2 win. Tom Donavan showed his class with a double and Johannes Elder and Mitch Miller chimed in with important goals. In the As game, it was vital that the side continued in its winning ways. Port Adelaide defeated the Hawks 2 – 0 in their first meeting and the home side knew that it would be a physical and challenging encounter. Peter Atkinson came into the starting line up to counter the loss of skipper Hamish Vickers who was suspended.
The first half was a scrappy encounter with neither side gaining the ascendency but just before half time Nathan Litchfield capitalised on the hesitancy in the Port backline to put the home side into the lead. The Hawks went out with a more positive mindset in the second half and moved the ball quicker in the midfield as wide players Jake Pollard and Jayden Miller were beginning to find more time and space on the ball. Keeper Brad Siedel and the defence of Chris Zehle, Paul Sutcliffe, Jarrod Kerr and Atkinson were steely in defence giving nothing away to the opposition. Sol Scopazzi, Taff Mellor and Jack Foster began to dominate in midfield and Foster doubled the score on the 60 minute mark with a rasping drive from 20 meters that found the inside of the right near post.
The Hawks stepped up another gear to run out the game better than the opposition and Substitute Tom Donavan put the final nail in the coffin with a clever finish with 15 minutes to go. The victory keeps the hawks in the running for promotion with 6 games to go. The Hawks currently sit in third in both divisions with the reserves giving themselves a real opportunity to win their division with a good run home.
In a bittersweet moment in the day both Nathan Litchfield and Peter Atkinson were acknowledged for their 50 appearances for the CSL hawks. Both are highly respected members of the CSL branch of the Hawks. Litchfield unfortunately received a bad knee injury in the second half and the whole club wishes him a speedy recovery.
The Hawks now move their attention to next weeks fixtures against Immanuel. The games will be played at the new Summit Complex at Mt Barker with 3:15 and 5:15 kick offs.