CLUB NEWS: Hawks tactical excellence sees them defeat Stars

HETHERSETT HAWKS / YELLOW BRICK MORTGAGES gave one of their best team performances for many a year when they were excellent tactically in defeating neighbours Norwich Stars by 11 points. The first half saw the Hawks build up a 12-point lead thanks to five heat wins and in the second half they saw off a mini revival from the Stars.

Mason Martin, fresh from his third place in the British Under-14s, was outstanding surprising everyone with his speed to a maximum, including an excellent win over Paddy Wenn in heat 7 when the veteran appeared to pass him on the outside but Mason somehow managed to recover. The Hawks had a blend of experience and fast-improving teenagers which Norwich had no answer to.

(Maon Martin 20, Leigh Cossey 17+1, Harley Hamill 12+2, Paul Delaiche 12+1, Daniel Martin 12, Dave Martin 9+2, Katie Adams 3)

Mason had his wings finally clipped by ex-Hawk Shaun Kell in the Youth League match but he won his other three races. The Hawks started well and held the more experienced Stars to 30-30 after six heats but in the end their inability to provide heat winners other than Mason and Luca El Labany in the final heat cost them the match. They can take consolation that they are improving.

(Mason Martin 15, Aiesha Musa 11, Luca El Labany 10+1, Will Clarke 9, Harry Dodds 7+2, Jamal Musa 3, Lola Martin 2, Matthew Sidell 1)

The next team action for the Hawks is at home to Kesgrave on September 26th but the week previous the Club will be celebrating its 55th Anniversary including the Breckland Autos Charity Cup.