Hawks gallant as Oakey win
AN undermanned Gatton Hawks side was gallant in defeat losing to the unbeaten Oakey Bears 48-36 at Oakey on Sunday.
With as many as six regular A Graders missing through injury, the Hawks got off to the worst possible start allowing Oakey to post three quick tries inside the first 12 minutes for an 18-0 Oakey lead.
Gatton finally sparked into gear and hit back at the 15 minute mark when Chris Dodt scooped up a pass off his bootlaces and crashed over in the corner. The Aaron Werth sideline conversion made it 18-6.
Late in the first half Josh Stephens dived over the line after sustained Gatton attack and the Hawks were back in the game at 18-12 with a minute remaining in the half.
From the next set and right on the stroke of half-time a Wes Murray break from inside Gatton territory saw the ball shifted to Daniel Marsh who managed to go over in the corner.
Werth again converted from the sideline and the Hawks took all the momentum into half-time pegging the score back to 18-all.
That momentum continued early in the second half when the Hawks took the lead for the first and only time when Denny Lambert put Dom Haak over next to the posts to make it 24-18 to Gatton.
The Hawks’ momentum was cut short however when Oakey hit back to level 24-all.
Two more Oakey tries soon after and it looked as though the Hawks were done and dusted behind 36-24.
That was not to be the case as Gatton, down on troops on the bench, came back at Oakey with tries to Denny Lambert and a second for Daniel Marsh to draw level at 36-all with 15 minutes remaining.
Two late tries to Oakey saw them maintain their unbeaten start to the season for a 48-36 final score line.
Mark Swan and Dom Haak were best for Gatton in the middle of the park while Denny Lambert’s smart kicking game helped to keep Gatton in the contest.
Gatton now face their second undefeated team in as many weeks when they take on Brothers this Sunday.
Oakey 48 (Corey Blades 3, Daniel Blades, Brendan Crouch, Daniel Holmes, Benjamin Fenton, Luke Hellyer tries; Josh Duncan 6 goals) d Gatton 36 (Daniel Marsh 2, Chris Dodt, Josh Stephens, Dom Haak, Denny Lambert tries; Aaron Werth 6 goals).
The Hawks reggies came away with a hard-fought 24-22 win over Oakey and in doing so shot to 2nd on the TRL ladder.
After leading 12-4 at half-time Gatton allowed Oakey into the game in the second half and were lucky to come away with the win.
Best for Gatton were Brendan Martin, Jai Taylor and Darren Taylor.
The Gatton Hawks Under 18s came away with their 2nd win for the season defeating Oakey 44-12 in a dominant display.
After leading 22-12 at half-time the young Hawks managed to keep Oakey scoreless in the second-half in a great team performance.
The Gatton C Grade side were beaten 40-0 by Pittsworth on Sunday.
This Sunday the Hawks take on Brothers at Brothers.
New players are always welcome at the club with training held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6.30pm at Cahill Park