Season Review: Harden Hawks

George Tooke Shield

Position: 2nd
Win/Loss/Draw: 13-2-1
Points For: 750
Points Against: 174

The defending Premiers didn’t finish the season as they would have hoped but the Harden Hawks still enjoyed a very impressive campaign.

Boasting the best attack in the competition, Harden started brightly with two wins but lost a tight Round 4 match at the hands of the North Canberra Bears. However, Harden bounced back with a 30-18 win against Crookwell – the only loss Crookwell suffered for the season.

That result sparked an eight match unbeaten streak which included a 14-14 draw with North Canberra. This was followed by a 34-20 defeat at the hands of Crookwell.

The Hawks won their final four matches of the regular season in convincing fashion before beating North Canberra 15-14 in the Qualifying Final.

However, Harden succumbed to a 36-14 defeat at the hands of Crookwell which meant that the Hawks faced North Canberra in the Preliminary Final. With a place in the Grand Final on the line, Harden went down 15-12.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 1st (Premiers)
Win/Loss/Draw: 16-0-0
Points For: 710
Points Against: 52

In its short history, the George Tooke Shield League Tag Premiership trophy has been shared between Harden and Bungendore. This year, it was the Hawkettes turn to lift the trophy after an incredible season in which they won every single match.

Not only did the Hawkettes score a whopping 322 more points than any other side during the regular season, they conceded only 52. This ensured that their for and against was +658 – the next best in the competition was +194.

Despite running out comfortable winners on most occasions throughout the season, their encounters against Crookwell and Bungendore were always close. This was epitomised in the finals series where Harden claimed a four point win against Crookwell before coming from behind to win the Grand Final against Bungendore.

Youth League

Position: 2nd (Runners-Up)
Win/Loss/Draw: 11-3-1
Points For: 424
Points Against: 180

Harden won the 2017 Youth League Premiership and the Hawks joined forces with the Boorowa Rovers to form Harden Boorowa for the 2018 season.

Boasting plenty of players who were a part of the 2017 Premiership season, they had a mixed start with two wins and two losses.

A comfortable win against Tuggeranong was followed up with a draw to Yass and then a narrow loss to Crookwell. After that moment in Round 9, Harden Boorowa won their remaining seven matches in the regular season to finish second on the ladder.

After defeating Crookwell in their first finals match, Harden Boorowa lost to Yass 20-10, meaning they had to play North Canberra for a place in the Grand Final. After claiming a 24-12 win, Harden Boorowa then faced Yass in the Grand Final.

As was the case with all matches between the two team, it was an incredibly tight affair but Yass claimed a 10-2 win on this occassion.

Harden Boorowa ended the season as the highest scoring team in the league, with 99 more points scored than Yass.

Season Highlight

The statistics and performances behind the Hawkettes achievements in 2018 were simply staggering. Their resolve to come from behind in the Grand Final to win the Premiership was a real highlight for the club.

The efforts of the Hawkettes combined with impressive seasons in the George Tooke Shield and Youth League helped the club secure the Club Championship as well.