Hawks level with Goondiwindi
A FOUR-TRY haul to star Gatton centre Ben Reuter wasn’t enough for the Hawks in a 26-all draw with the Goondiwindi Boars at Cahill Park on Sunday.
Gatton shot out to a 10-4 lead at the 25 minute mark after dominating the early exchanges despite the absence of key new signings Chris Muckert and Denny Lambert.
A first-half double to Reuter saw the Hawks go into half-time leading Goondiwindi 18-10.
Gatton allowed Goondiwindi to out-score them 16-8 in the second half and it was only after Reuter crossed out wide for his fourth late in the game that allowed the Hawks to snatch the draw.
Goal kicking ultimately cost the Hawks with only one goal from six attempts finding the mark with the majority of Gatton’s tries scored out wide in breezy conditions.
Best for Gatton were Daniel Marsh, Mark Swan and Ben Reuter.
The draw was enough for Gatton to retain fifth spot on the ladder going into the sixth round.
A number of injuries during the game will test Gatton’s depth this Sunday in a tough road trip to Oakey to take on unbeaten competition front-runners the Bears.
Gatton 26 (Ben Reuter 4, Scott Cubit, Daniel Marsh tries; Wes Murray 1 goal) drew with Goondiwindi 26.
The Hawks Reserve Grade team also maintained their top-five spot with a solid 36-16 win over Goondiwindi on Sunday.
Gatton dominated most of the game after leading at half-time and then went on with the job in the second half.
Jai Taylor and Cliff Brown both had strong games for the Hawks.
The struggling Gatton Hawks Under 18s slumped to their fourth consecutive loss after being beaten 24-12 by Goondiwindi on Sunday.
The young Hawks will attempt to turn their season around against the winless Oakey 18s this Sunday.
This Sunday the Hawks take on undefeated competition front-runners Oakey at Oakey.
New players are always welcome at the club with training held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6.30pm at Cahill Park.