Hawks quartet looking to snare twin titles on grand final day

AWESOME FOURSOME: Hawks' Lilly Baker, Courtney Morgan, Ella Barrett and Jes Pearson will get a crack a two grand finals on Sunday. Photo: NICK McGRATH
AWESOME FOURSOME: Hawks' Lilly Baker, Courtney Morgan, Ella Barrett and Jes Pearson will get a crack a two grand finals on Sunday. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Come lunch time on Sunday, there’s a very real chance Courtney Morgan, Lilly Baker, Jes Pearson and Ella Barrett will have already won two Group 10 premierships.

The two blues’ quartet headlines Orange Hawks’ undefeated under-18 league tag side which tackles Mudgee in the inaugural grand final from 9am, before backing up as key members of the two blues’ open tag outfit, too.

Hawks’ senior side takes on Bathurst St Pat's in their main game and both Baker and Morgan believe the experienced Saints will be tough grand final opponents.

But their initial focus will be on the Dragons – a side the Hawks girls are yet to meet in 2018.

“It started a bit after opens and we didn’t know a lot about it … but we threw a team together and look at where we are now," Morgan said.

Baker believes twin titles are within her grasp.

“I think if we put in the hard yards, definitely,” she said.

“It’ll be tough against St Pat’s though. Their experience makes them tough to beat.”

Not that Hawks are without experience though, and when the going gets tough the young two blues turn to one of their most important players for guidance. 

“Fordy,” the pair said in unison in reference to Group 10 and Western Rams league tag gun Bec Ford, when asked who the key player is.

“She’s our captain and always leads the team and looks after us.”

The Group 10 under-18 league tag decider kicks off at 9am, before the senior league tag clash from 10am.

  • ORANGE HAWKS UNDER 18s: 1 Jes Pearson, 2 Courtney Apps, 3 Tori Wood, 4 Erin Gates, 5 Taniesha Burns, 6 Bec Prestwidge, 7 Jada Murphy, 8 Ella Barrett, 9 Lilly Baker, 10 Courtney Morgan, 11 Lucy Johnston, 12 Taylor Millan, 13 Chloe Walton
  • ORANGE HAWKS: 1 Jes Pearson, 2 Millie Hofer, 3 Bridie McClure, 4 Katie Cutcliffe, 5 Lilly Baker, 6 Bec Ford, 7 Em McDonald, 8 Jacky Lyden, 9 Ella Harris, 10 Ella Barrett, 11 Prue Hancock, 12 Sophie Humphris, 13 Courtney Morgan; Bench: 14 Cheynoah Merchant, 15 Haley Butcherine, 16 Megan Brown, 18 Sheryll Selwood

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