Luke Brown, Matt McLay, Chris Salway, Jonathon Pouono and Nathan Close head out on to McLean Oval for last Saturday’s match. Something was different about the Hawks side on Saturday compared to other matches this season. The men in maroon and white executed their game plan very well and were determined to beat last years premiers the North Canberra Bears. The Hawks will take on Crookwell in the George Tooke Shield Grand Final at Crookwell on Saturday at 2:45pm. The Hawks will also have their Youth League side and the Ladies League Tag side seeking Premiership glory on Saturday.
The Harden Murrumburrah Hawks will be sending 3 sides into Grand Finals today for the second year in a row after the Hawks and Hawkettes won their matches against the North Canberra Bears and the Crookwell She Devils at McLean Oval on the weekend.
The Hawks club tasted defeat in both the First Grade competition and the Youth League competition in 2016. However, they are hoping to turn the tables on those losses and claim their first Youth league title and their first George Tooke Shield in the First Grade since 2009. The Hawkettes will be looking to go back to back.
Club President Jason Pollard said “The Youth League should win, but they have to turn up and play. They have good players across the paddock, they should get the job done. North Canberra actually have 3 Harden players in their side.”
The Hawkettes were trailing 10-6 at half time when they last faced the Bungendore Tigerettes. Jason said “They are a great side the twinnies are very good through the middle along with Maddie Douglass, Jess Doolan and Emma James.”
The Bungendore side posses some blistering speed down their wings. Harden will need to keep a close eye on the Tigerettes on the fringes. Although undefeated so far this season the Tigerettes are not unbeatable.
The main game will see Harden come up against a side they haven’t defeated this season in the Crookwell Green Devils. The losses have been by just 1 and 4 points respectively. Expect Saturday’s clash to be a close one. A poor decision by the ref, a dropped ball or a penalty could be the turning point in an evenly matched clash of the two best sides in the George Tooke competition. Youth League – 12:00pm. Hawkettes 1:30pm and First Grade 2:45pm.