It was a wet one, but didn’t quite head into the Mud Bowl that some spectators were hoping for! The ‘Hawks once again showcased bits of flare and dominance on the field underneath a heavy workload from RB/Safety Akaporn Bearman.
The new kids on the block came out firing attempting to etch the Spitfire name on both the field and the scoreboard, yet came up short. A damp cold christchurch day didn’t help the cause for either team with an abundant of drops and over throws that could have changed the game for either side on multiple occasions.
Rookie Phife Toto showed some poise in the pocket in his first game, connecting with young receivers Asher Richards and Shin Kato on some great plays. However a few misjudgements, over throws and blown coverage seemed to haunt the Spitfire throughout the day.
With both teams completing well under half of their long targets, the ground game and flare passes seemed to spin the game from an aerial assault to a much needed ground and pound affair. ‘Hawks QB Steven Harris found his stride in occasion connecting for two massive TDs which was the dagger in the Spitfires defence.
With this win and due to a shortened season the ‘Hawks waltz into the AFC Final patiently awaiting to see who their opponent will be.
Western Warhawks 14
Southern Spitfire 0