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Three-Peat for Hawkins Cup Champions - Lincoln University

11 Jun 2015

Linc Uni Winning the Hawkins Cup is not getting boring for Lincoln University, after the country students won this competition for the third season in-a-row.

Lincoln University beat New Brighton 26-15 away from home last weekend to secure the Hawkins Cup. The students needed to either win the match or lose within seven points to achieve their three-peat. As it turned out, it was their defence that essentially won them this match.

“I was really proud of these young men, they showed character and resolve under pressure and dug deep in the last 20 minutes in a good physical contest,” co-coach John Haggart says. While elated, there was no whooping. “We went back to the Elmwood Bowling Club, where we are based in town, and had a few drinks, but we are not getting too carried away.”

That said, Haggart says that they were absolutely delighted to win the Hawkins Cup again. “You set yourself the goal and you work hard to make it happen. About half our squad is new this season and the elation of winning silverware never wears off for players, regardless of their experience.”

Haggart says that they used around 40 players this season and their depth has been a major reason for their success. “As an example, we had a propping crisis against New Brighton and we had to start an 18-year-old and have another 18-year-old on the bench.”

Haggart believes a secret to Lincoln University’s continued success has been the general strength of the club. “This success is due to not only the Division 1 players and the management, but the other teams within the club. We have a really good environment at Lincoln University.”

Michael GreenLincoln University’s focus now turns to the Hawkins Trophy. In the last two seasons they have disappointed in this competition after winning the Hawkins Cup. Haggart is philosophical. “We obviously have to get in to the top four and then start planning for hopefully two big matches,” he says. “As coaches we try and plan for this eventuality. We try and create leaders and players who regularly make good decisions. That said, we will keep working hard and not look too far ahead.”

In addition to the Hawkins Cup, Lincoln University, captained by the outstanding Nick Werahiko, last weekend retained the DCL Shield and reclaimed the Kevin Lundon Trophy. Haggart says that he was delighted that, down to 13 men at one stage with two players in the sin-bin, his side dug deep. “They have regularly shown character throughout the season and that is certainly encouraging moving forward.”

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