Hawkesbury Valley kicked off their season with a short bus trip down Windsor Road to take on Old Ignations at Ryde Park in the 1st round of the 3rd division Subbies competition. This year’s competition sees the introduction of a Colts side into 3rd division for the first time as well as the axing of 4th grade. This has seen a big movement of players across the grades and an almost completely new side in the Colts. With the new format and player combinations Hawkesbury took a while to settle in against a solid club with proven combinations but by the end of the day things started to swing their way ending up with a great win in the main game.
1st Grade: Win 39 – 17
Hawkesbury Valley’s 1st XV rarely faltered and dominated the match from start to finish. This year’s front row combination has put the stability back into their scrum allowing their powerful the second row and loose forwards to drive the opposition back all game. Hawkesbury’s backs had the ball flowing across the park regularly penetrating the defence with a step or well-placed kick.
Although the points were coming Hawkesbury’s way they couldn’t take their foot off the gas with Iggies ready to pounce on every opportunity. Great debuts from Seaton Kenna and Morgan Hornsby with both playing like they’d always been there.
Elf Mushrooms Man of the match Points:
3: Jason Hookham
2: Brad Halliwell
1: Seaton Kenna / Morgan Hornsby
3: Dane Humphreys
1: Matt Hirini
2nd Grade: Loss 0 – 22
Although the result didn’t go their way Hawkesbury’s 2nd XV played well with some good combinations starting to form by the end of the game. Great games from Bobby Mack & youngster Zach Fisher kept Iggies honest but in the end they proved too hard to overcome.
Airbus Group Man of the match Points:
3: Bobby Mackenzie
2: Zach Fisher
1: Corey Eather
3rd Grade: Loss 5 - 31
First game jitters cost Hawkesbury with lots of loose ball being turned over to a speedy opposition that were already to pounce. Iggies didn’t have it all their own way with Hawkesbury’s big forward pack giving them ‘what for’ up front led by a powerhouse defensive effort from Dominic Zammit. A commendable effort from Damion Mason, (another debutant) was a welcome sight and made sure that he has come under the notice of the senior coaches.
Although Hawkesbury had some moments of brilliance Iggies speed off the mark saw them make many breaks for scoring opportunities.
Finance Made Easy Man of the match Points:
3: Dominic Zammit
2: Damion Mason
1: Ian Girvan
Colts: Loss 0 - 34
Looking at the final score anyone could be excused for thinking that this was a lop-sided game but it was far from it. Not to take anything away from Iggies who had a proven side from last year’s competition and ultimately made the most of their opportunities for a good win but the young guns from Hawkesbury were in there matching them for most of the game. With the game being played at a blistering pace split second decisions were the difference between a successful play or being caught off guard. There were great performances across the park with the promise of great things to come.
Bligh Park Butchery Man of the Match Points:
3: Thomas Amone
2: Lachlan O’Brien
1: Corey Richardson / Chris Nielson
Hawkesbury Valley are at home next week v Redfield at McQuade Park Park Windsor