Philly Hawks take home the Eastern Regional Cup!

We’re midway through the season and the Hawks are rolling! After a 2-1 start we stormed into Eastern Regionals looking for momentum and success in our first hosting effort. In front of the hometown crowd, and the Hawks did not disappoint!

Lady Hawks

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Our Lady Hawks had a strong day of footy teaming up with the Columbus Cats. All players were a force to be reckoned with across the pitch, with every player getting multiple touches and shots at goal, in scrappy games against the Boston Lady Demons, Baltimore Lady Eagles, and NY Lady Magpies.

In both games all women (dubbed Kittyhawks on the day) played with confidence and the determination to win the football. Our ladies showed strength in attacking the football ensuring they won their contested possessions. First time Hawk Lindsay was on fire in game racking up possessions at will, running all over the ground to assist her team mates. She was well supported by Erica, Amy, Lauryn, Barb and Jackie. In Game 2 Erica and Amy started off well and with some great team shepherding and tackling. Jackie rucked all game, while Lindsay had another strong outing, well supported by Lauryn and Jackie. Bulldog Barb was ferocious in defense often beating 2-3 ladies to win the football.  The ladies games were played in great spirit with the scoreboard not illustrating what our Lady Hawks were able to achieve across the tournament.
The Lady Hawks next tilt is July 14th in Baltimore, as we team up with players from Columbus and New York, for a great day of footy as part of the EAFL series hosted by the Baltimore Dockers.

Hawks

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An impressive 43 point win over North Carolina Tigers early in the day had the Hawks set to play for the cup  in the final match of the day. Their opponent was a New York team that had shut out that same Tigers club by 59. The task was daunting, but the Hawks would not to be denied!

With a stifling backline, led by Co-Best and Fairest winner Ryan Henry, the Hawks kept the Pies in check for the first half. With this momentum and confidence, the relentless midfield, featuring Co-Best and Fairest, Duncan Jones, kept the pace of the game in the Hawks favor, allowing forwards like Jon Ginsberg and Dan Milbourne free reign of the goal square. After full-time the Hawkers were on top, with the Eastern Regional Championship for the first time in club history!

We’d like to extend a big thanks to all of the clubs who came out to Regionals to make it such a huge success. We’d also like to thank our mates at FourNTwenty for keeping everyone full of pies all day, and Cavanaugh’s Riverdeck for a rippa of an after party!

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