The Philly Hawks men’s side arrived at Nationals with a 2 game win streak, and had their eye on a second Grand Final appearance in 4 years. After starting the tournament with a convincing 51 – 4 win against the Nashville Kangaroos, the Hawks fell to the Columbus Jackaroos 14 – 40, to break even on day one of Nationals. They would need some help on day 2 to crack the Grand Final, and their next opponent would prove to be their toughest.
With strong efforts up the middle from coach Jon Loring, and veterans Pat Miller and Greg Glasgow, along with stellar back-line play from Brad Gower and Ted Heron, and a forward line led by Jon Ginsberg, the Hawks hit the Seattle football club hard on the pitch to start, however they couldn’t hold back the eventual Division 3 champs. The Grizzlies defeated the Hawks with a solid defensive game, holding the Hawkers to just 2 behinds, at 64 – 2.
Though it wasn’t the result they’d hoped for, the Hawks played some strong footy to finish out the 2017 season and are already looking forward to more success in 2018!
The Lady Hawks Bring Home D2 Gold!
After their debut last year, our Lady Hawks landed in San Diego for their sophomore effort ready to play. The Hawks joined up with the reigning champion Portland Sockeyes, to have a run at the Women’s Division II pool, as Portland was looking for a 3-peat.
The Hawkeyes, as the combination of Hawks and Sockeyes was informally called, played well in all areas of the game, holding their first 3 opponents to under 10 points each, while averaging nearly 59 points a game, including Hawk Lauryn Kelly’s first goal in USAFL play. After running the table on the opposition, the ladies faced a tough Baltimore/Washington team, but did not falter. It was a scrappy game, but the Hawkeyes prevailed, shutting out the Lady Eagles, 27 – 0, to take home the Division 2 cup!
We want to extend a big thank you and congratulations to the Sockeyes for hosting the Lady Hawks, and even bigger congratulations to our Lady Hawks; Amy, Barb, Erica, Lauryn, and Michelle, for bring home the gold! Good on ya, ladies!