High-flying Hawks Reserves add to club's glory
Port Douglas had not looked like losing all season, but that didn’t matter for the Manunda Hawks, who had last week upset Saints just to reach the AFL Cairns reserves decider. They tackled and ran until they could do no more against Port, shutting down their opposition and running away with a 11.8 (74) to 6.9 (45) victory.
Hawks pair Alex Carter and Fred Pittorino, who had both been overlooked for selection in the senior grand final, were inspirational. Carter in particular was everywhere, countless times smothering kicks and delivering first-class service for his forward line.
With a huge breeze coming over their right shoulder Hawks leapt to a three-goal lead in the first quarter and Port could only manage one late goal when it was their turn to kick with the wind in the second. Man mountain Jake Roach was good up front for the Hawks and showed so much desperation that he went cannoning over the fence early in the match while marking the ball.
Port coach Darren Wall tried his best to rev up his troops before they went into the sheds at half time, but they were never able to match the intensity of the underdogs. As the game slipped away, Port’s temper was tested and a succession of 50m penalties for poor discipline only hindered their efforts to fight back.
Best on ground was the rangy Jarryd Flint, who provided well from the stoppages.
“It was an awesome game, we just played out of our skins,” veteran Andrew Welsford said of his underdog team. It’s been a sensational season; a big thanks to our boys for putting in the effort.”
Courtesy of The Cairns Post.