Monbulk Junior Football Club played on a cold, wet and wintry day.
Congratulations went to Gary Ross for 100 games, as well as 50 games milestone players.
A huge congratulations went to the players who represented the Hawks in the Junior Interleague squads over the holidays.
The undefeated Hawkettes had their first loss after a tough clash with Mount Evelyn.
They’ll learn from their losses and fire up for the finals.
Monbulk vs Wandin
The team battled it out in very testing conditions.
Best: M. Gurpinar, M. Norris, R. Sangster, T. Cross, C. Cotter, T. Burke.
Monbulk vs Wandin
Tough weather conditions tested the Hawks’ resilience.
In addition, a big strong team put pressure on the side from the first quarter.
Strong tackling and great teamwork saw the Hawks play one of their better games.
Best: N. Brown, W. Heap, J. Thorp, Z. Koelewyn, Soren, O. Watson.
Wandin 32 d Monbulk 14
The conditions were really tough for the kids.
It took a while to get going, but when the Hawks did they managed to play some really good footy.
Congratulation went to Isaac and Charlie on 50 games.
Best: R. English, E. Knight, I. Mullinder, B. Nicholson, C. Seamer, H. Brooks.
Olinda-Ferny Creek 6.6.42 d Monbulk 3.2.20
The lads put up a great contest in very trying, wet conditions.
All players put in a consistent effort.
The Hawks probably lost the match straight after half time, but the players switched back on to finish off strongly, winning the last quarter two goals to none.
The side’s continued improvement is terrific.
Best: Drew English, Alex, Jaxon, James Burton, Xavier, Archie.
Belgrave 9.19.73 d Monbulk 0.1.1
The kids tried hard and fought out the game well.
Jack. Tahi. Jonah. Jacob B. Joel P. Noah R
Mount Evelyn 4.7.31 d Monbulk 2.5.17
The Hawkettes had really strong, high-pressure opposition which gave them the opportunity to see how they measured up.
Credit to Mount Evelyn, they really finessed their team pressure and made it difficult for the Hawkettes to clear the ball to advantage.
There is so much for the Hawkettes to focus on and work on in the coming weeks.
The side is still building its knowledge as a group.
Best: C. Bakker, H. Koolstra, M. Laven, A. Hughson, I. Linde, J. Farmer.
Monbulk 7.6.42 d Wandin 1.4.10
Under very trying conditions both teams worked hard in contested footy.
After half time the Hawks played with more determination and broke open the forward pressure.
The side scored more freely and finished off well.
Best: T. Ford, M. Bateson, G. Ross, B. Hughson, C. Passingham, J. Mackay.