The Forster Tuncurry Hawks have one last chance to register a home win in the 2017 season after going down to the Port Macquarie Sharks 42-10 in their Group 3 rugby league match played at Harry Elliott Oval on Sunday.
They will host the second placed Macleay Valley Mustangs next Sunday before travelling to Port Macquarie the following weekend to face the undefeated competition leaders, Port City in what will be their final match of the season.
The Hawks were in Sunday's contest for large portion of the game, trailing 12-4 at the break, however too many errors crept into their game as they tired during the second half and the Port side were able to take the points without too many problems.
There was certainly no lack of effort though in front of a large crowd on the Hawks’ annual sponsors day, however the club’s lack of depth, which will need to be addressed in the off-season, took its toll.
The reserve grade side – which has had more than 40 players registered for the 2017 season – managed to field the bare minimum 13 players in their loss.
The under 18s Hawks are looking to finish their season strongly after a classy 40-12 win over their Sharks opponents.
The second row partnership of Max Elliott and skipper Lachlan Fuller were excellent in a strong Hawks forward pack, while Harry Edwards with two tries and Max Buderus with a try and six goals from seven attempts were welcome additions to the Hawks’ team.
Their clash with competition leaders, Macleay Valley next Sunday, July 23 at Tuncurry is one not to be missed with the game set to kick-off at 12.30pm.
The Hawks ladies league tag side were rarely troubled during their 28-0 win over the Sharks.
A two try effort from Emma Connors was the highlight of a very sound game from a skilful Hawks’ side who has eyes on the premiership.