For the first game of their season, the Hawkettes travelled to Wasps for what they knew would be a tough game. With the help of their new coach, Mark Perris and guest appearance from Olivia Perry, the girls got off to a great start with a focussed and intense warm-up. Unfortunately a few minutes before the game key player, Carly Dudding, injured herself and the Hawkette’s had to start the game with their starting number 10.
However, determined not to let this get them down, the girls had an excellent start to the match and in the first fifteen minutes were dominating over the wasps retaining most of the attacking possession. With great lines of running from Wheeler, Wysoki-Jones, Ferguson and Simpson the forwards were setting a solid platform for Timmins at nine to ship the ball out to Hearn, now playing at 10, the Hawkette’s looked most promising for putting points on the score-board first. Unfortunately after 15 minutes, the Hawkette’s suffered another loss to their squad when Solowin went down injured and had to walk off the pitch. The Hawkette’s were now playing, for the first time in many seasons, with 14 players. But, nonetheless, the players kept up the strong performance and not long after Wheeler chipped a ball over the top and scored with her own chase.
Hearn was unsuccessful with the conversion from the corner. Unfortunately, the girls weren’t able to maintain their lead until half time as an intercepted
pass allowed Wasps to score.
After half time, the girls did extremely well to keep a tough Wasps team out. And despite strong running in the backs from Hearn and Wilkie the girls were unable to break the Wasp defence and Wasps, unable to penetrate down the middle of a solid Hawkette’s defence ran around to score two tries in the corner. In the 65th minute number 15 Hamilton-Foster took a high tackle from a Wasp player and when it was clear she was not getting back up, the game was called 17 - 5 to Wasps with the Hawkettes securing a losing bonus point.
The Hawkettes now look to their first game on home soil on the 18th against a strong Cheltenham team, kick off 14:45.