CAVALIERS enjoyed a successful double-header weekend with victories over Northern Hawks and North-West opposition Devon in their Aurora State League matches at Launceston's Silverdome.
Cavaliers got away to a strong lead against the Hawks with playing-coach Dannie Carstens, in defence, closing down Hawks goal attack Chelsea Coleman, while at the other end the speed of Estelle Margetts and Cath Van Keulen proved a dynamic and lethal combination.
In the second quarter Hawks moved Ashton Whiley to wing attack and Jade Woolnough to centre providing numerous drives into the goal circle with Hawks' Pickett and Coleman bringing the half- time deficit to two goals in Cavaliers favour.
The third quarter saw Hawks Steffi Grenda leave the court injured and Cavaliers took full advantage with Kelsie Rainbow and Kate Gibson providing plenty of opportunities for Margetts and Van Keulen to secure an 11-goal lead.
In the final quarter Cavaliers defenders Claire Nitschke and Carstens made numerous intercepts to close down the Hawks attack and run out with a convincing 49-38 win.
Cavaliers Cath Van Keulen was named player of the match for a strong and consistent four-quarter performance.
NORTHERN Hawks bounced back from their defeat to Cavaliers to defeat Burnie with their experience and defensive- style play too robust for a young Burnie Tigers outfit, with key defenders Zoe Gough and Grenda fending off most opportunities for the North-West team to score.
In the mid-court Whiley and Woolnough found space to drive feeds to shooters Celia Groenewegen and Danni Pickett.
Hawks coach Kellie Woolnough commended Whiley and Woolnough for combining well through speed and strong ball skills.
Hawks, who were relentless in their defence, continued to dominate the play during the second half of the match to finish with a 25-goal win.
In other results, Waratah remained undefeated with a 38-26 win over Kingston and Arrows lost to Karana 57-50.