Queechy have fallen just short of a remarkable Hawks Cup victory as St Virgils proved too strong in the grand final to run out as convincing winners in the decider 10.7 (67) and 5.2 (32).
Queechy got off to the perfect start in the statewide school tournament with a comprehensive victory over Burnie 9.3 (57) to 4.4 (28).
Queechy jumped out to a fast start in their opening Hawks Cup fixture with the first five goals of the game in an impressive attacking display.
Hunter Farrelly, Oscar Van Dam and Dave Summers were all prominent for the red and blue in the opening half. Van Dam's athleticism to get up the ground and provide a marking target was a key factor in Queechy's attacking play.
Burnie opened the second-half with three straight goals to mount a small fight back early on before Van Dam found Sam Shaw to add a much-needed goal for Queechy.
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After the Burnie resistance, Queechy returned the game to normal service and held their lead to the final siren to book their place in the Hawks Cup decider.
Queechy were bought back down to earth against a strong St Virgils outfit in their second fixture as the Southern team claimed victory 13.3 (81) to 5.2 (32)
St Virgils raced out of the blocks in the opening term and added the first five goals of the game and establish total control of the game from the outset.
St Virgils sliced through Queechy with some exquisite kicking skills which enabled their forwards to find space aplenty in the forward line as they converted with ease.
Queechy's Shaw was found on the lead after a chain of good ball movement to stop the run of St Virgils goals but it mattered little in the grand scheme of the game.
Shaw delivered a little piece of magic in the second-half as he gathered with ease in the pocket before dancing around his opponent and sending a checkside through the middle of the goal for Queechy's second.
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Previous results meant that it would be Queechy and St Virgils in the grand final decider for the Hawks Cup.
St Virgils were looking to go back-to-back after claiming the title in 2019 before it was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
St Virgils and Queechy battled it out early as Harry Summers grabbed the opening goal of the game for the red and blue.
The Southern side accelerated away with a series of goals as they once again found space forward of centre to establish a commanding lead as they claimed consecutive Hawk Cup victories.
Hawthorn's Tasmania State Manager David Cox said that the off-field benefits were just as important as the on-field results.
"This is primarily about encouraging kids to have a go, to get out on the field and give it their all. But it's also about supporting themes of resilience, determination, discipline and responsibility," he said.
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