Hawks celebrate in style
The Adelaide Hills Hawks celebrated the minor premiership in style with an emphatic 8-0 win over Modbury Vista in the last home game of the regular season. It was a great night for the club with the reserves all but sealing their minor premiership with a win over Modbury Vista who were equal top with the Hawks and the club being presented with the Premiers Flag and Trophy in what has been a fantastic season for the club.
Goals from Lewis Farquhar in the 23rd , 57th and the 75th min, Daniel Hosking in the 36th , 49th and 87th minute, Nathan Elliott 45th and Callum Hutchins 67th minute secured the points for the home side. The defence of Connor Hudson, Nick Walker, Nathan Elliott, Lewis Coulls and Abel Thomas – Hy were bust repelling and persistent Modbury Vista forward line early in the game and Hudson pulled off a crucial save early in the game which could have changed the momentum towards the visitors.
Some classy finishes by the Hawks including a sweet volley by Hawks veteran Nathan Elliott punctuated the game but the highlight of the game was Farquhar’s finish late in the game where he tormented four Vista defenders before rounding last year’s State League 1 goalkeeper James Clarke to roll the ball into an empty net.
Full credit must also go to the midfield of Jake Loechel, Craig Smith, Danny Pauli, Dan Hosking and later in the game Dan Ryles and Luke Smith who worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for Farquhar and Hutchins. Scott Mather also provided great cover at the back later in the game.
Best for the Hawks were Farquhar, Elliott, Pauli and Loechel. Striker Dan Hosking moved back into equal top goal scorer with Gawler’s Iradi Barogamawa with 22 goals. It should be an intriguing encounter when the two meet in the last game of the regular season in Gawler next week.
With an unassailable lead of 11 points, the hawks now turn to preparing for a finals campaign with a Grand Final appearance at Coopers Stadium as the glittering prize.