The Forster Tuncurry Hawks have opened their group three 2018 season campaign with a disappointing 36 to 4 loss to the Wingham Tigers at the Wingham Sporting Complex on Sunday.
The often ill-tempered match, which was played out in unseasonably warm conditions, was marred by strings of penalties, injuries, threats of the sin bin and finally the sending off of Hawks veteran Chris Simon.
Serious facial injuries to front row forward Chris Coulton and young back rower Max Elliott only added to the visiting teams’ woes.
Hawks coach, Phil Adamson urged his troops to go forward before using the talented halves combination of Riley Glover and Blake English to ignite the backline, however with the penalty count and the mounting injury toll, the Hawks forwards had run their race.
The highlight for the Forster Tuncurry side was a try to centre, Beau Lowry midway through the second stanza and the presence of livewire fullback Hayden Bolt.
Meanwhile, the Hawks reserve grade side kicked off their season with a 28 -16 win over the Tigers.
Coach, Kyle Carmody was extremely proud of his players’ effort and commitment, praising his forward pack while noting the contribution of halfback Keegan Dodd, who steered his team around the field with aplomb.
Dodds kicking game was also top notch, continually turning the big Wingham forwards around in the heat.
The Hawks league tag side kept the Tigerettes scoreless, coming away with a 14 -0 win.
The experienced heads of Lisa Bullivant, Talara Morris and Mel Finlayson will be integral in the success of this young and skillful team.
Next Sunday, April 22 the Hawks will play their first home game of the season when they host the Port Breakers at Tuncurrys Harry Elliott Oval in four grades, with the league tag ladies to kick off the day at 11.30, and first grade set down for 3pm.