After falling in their opening outing of the season, the Hamilton Hawks have bounced back with a massive ton against the Marauders on Saturday.
The Hawks rolled over a depleted Medowie side at Passmore Oval to score their first win of the season, chalking up 113 points and keeping the travelling side scoreless.
While club coach Gerry Mason said it was a “fantastic team effort across the park”, the scoring efforts from Amy Richards and Viana Bainivalu was a key reason Hamilton charged to the season-high record in 2019.
Richards crossed six times in the contest, scoring nearly 30 percent of her side’s efforts alone, while Bainivalu notched herself a hat-trick against the Marauders on Saturday afternoon. Club junior Ashley Allen – who Mason revealed has been played with the club in the boy’s system for the past decade – also notched two in the landslide.
“It was a really encouraging performance from us, we knew that the Waratahs were going to be a tough start to the season, so to bounce back from that and put some of the things we’ve been practicing together on the park was fantastic,” Mason said.
“The team set out to just get good players involved, with positive attitudes that are keen to learn and to grow, and we’ve done that in 2019 now that we’ve returned. There’s such a great vibe at the club around the women’s team and everything we’re looking to do, so to see that translate onto the field is a real confidence-builder for all of us.”
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The passion that Mason has already seen on the field from his squad. While the score ended with a twenty-one try to nil advantage to the Hawks, there was a stint where the Marauders put major pressure on the home side’s try line. The defensive efforts the girls pulled out to keep their opponent’s scoreless was “brilliant”, according to Hamilton’s mentor.
“They just kept tackling and tackling, and that was one of the better moments of the game for us,” he said. “Our defensive effort to keep them to zero despite how many points we’d already scored showed that desire from us and that’s great to see.
“Medowie were also great in attack, so it was good to have that test for us. They’re a really good side, and when they have a full squad on the field it’ll be great to see for the whole competition I think.”
Also in the second round, The Waratahs edged the new combined Easts-University outfit 12-5 in a battle that went down to the wire at Waratah Oval, while Merewether Carlton notched their second with a 29-nil win over Maitland at Marcellin Park. Liz Kennedy and Maddison Ingram both scored doubles for the Greens.
TABLE: Merewether Carlton, Waratahs (2-0), Hamilton, Easts-University (1-1), Maitland, Medowie (0-2).