Cavaliers win opening round against OHA, Hawks go down to Arrows

ON FIRE: Cavaliers UK import Rachel Smith was player of the match in their season opener against OHA. Picture: Scott Gelston

ON FIRE: Cavaliers UK import Rachel Smith was player of the match in their season opener against OHA. Picture: Scott Gelston

Northern Hawks went down to reigning premier Arrows in their State League opener at the Silverdome on Saturday.

Hawks led early in the opening quarter before Arrows fought back to level scores level 15-all at the first.

The second quarter was even with both teams going goal for goal until several late fumbles cost the Northern Hawks dearly to trail 32-26 at half-time. Arrows managed to draw their lead out further in a fiercely-contested third quarter with intense pressure capitalising on any small mistake from the Hawks to lead 49-36 at the final change.

Northern Hawks rallied twice in the last quarter with several thrilling passages of play resulting in consecutive goal scoring to reduce Arrows lead to six goals but Arrows held off their challenges to win 63-50. Coach Ruth Tuohy said that the new team showed potential but decision making needed to be more consistent.  In the 19 and unders, Arrows won 35-58.

Cavaliers got off to a winning start defeating OHA 61-32. Cavs ground out a 10-goal lead in the first quarter as their defence found rhythm against much taller opposition and some quick ball movement through the centre court helped their shooters. Some great defence from new recruits Rachel Smith (GD) and Isabella Maskell (GK) led to many interceptions and deflections, helping keep the Cavs lead 27-15 at half-time. Cavaliers extended their lead to 21 goals at the end of the third thanks to Jamie Easther’s efforts as goal shooter. They finished off strongly for a 29-goal win with contributions across the board but Smith impressing on debut and named player of the match. 

In the 19 and unders Cavs won 78-24.

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