Hawks ready to defend title after Nambour 7's demolition
THEY were the best in the business last year and now the rugby gods might be on their side in 2016.
With the start date for the Barber Cup and Pegg Cup season still undecided, the Springfield Hawks have put their rivals on notice with a blistering performance at the Nambour 7's competition.
The Barber Cup defending premiers went through the tournament undefeated, clinching the title with a 25-0 win over the Noosa Dolphins in the grand final.
Hawks coach Jeremy Clark said everything went his side's way in the final game of the tournament.
"Everything just clicked for us," Clark said.
"It was pretty much a perfect game, we retained every kick-off and everything went our way.
"The rugby gods were on our side I think."
Known for their size in the engine room, Clark said the 7's tournament provided the chance to test some of the sides' younger players.
"We took a mixture of the bigger boys and some of the younger, quicker players," he said.
"Some of the boys we took along were new to the club so it was a good chance to see what they have to offer."
Clark said the result was a good indication of player fitness ahead of the new season.
"Being pre-season the boys put in a really good effort," he said.
"There's a lot of depth in the club this year.
"I don't think I've seen this much talent since I started working with the club."
With 10 teams to compete in the Barber Cup this season compared to eight last year, Clark said it would be the biggest competition yet. "The good thing about having new teams is new destinations and new-look teams," he said.
"Every team will offer something different."