In the third annual Seahawks vs Raiders Charity game, the Sutherland Seahawks were unable to keep their winning streak alive and instead went down to the Raiders 23-20 in a very exciting game fitting of what has become a marvelous event for both clubs.

As is usually the case in early season encounters, both defenses got on top early. The Seahawks turned the ball over twice in the first half and the Raiders were unable to advance the ball for first downs.

Determined to attempt multiple fourth down conversions, the Seahawks allowed good field position to the Raiders when unsuccessful. Coupled with a key turnover deep inside their own territory, the Raiders scored first with a field goal and 3-0 half time lead.

The second half saw the scoreline start to tick over despite a dense fog that descended on the field. An interception return touchdown by the Raiders extended their lead to 9-0. Answering back quickly though, RB Toby Nash found the endzone from 4 yards out and 9-6 scoreline. A third turnover gifted field position to the Raiders again and their first offensive touchdown on the ground from 5 yards out made it 17-6 in third quarter. As the clock took the game into the fourth however, A Raiders pass was picked off by rookie Michael Hett and RB Tristan Whiting found the endzone quickly and 17-12 scoreline.

The best Raiders possession of the night was a methodical effort that finally compiled multiple first downs on a single possession and in the end secured them the game. A 5 yard rushing TD put the Raiders up 23-12 in the fourth quarter. Continuing to get things going though on offense the Seahawks answered back, Ned Stelzer and Nick Anapolsky making key 1st down receptions before QB James Cosgrove found his 6th receiving option for the evening Harry Finn for a 31 yard score, then connected with Zach Hughes on the 2 point conversion.

Running out of time however, the Seahawks went down 23-20.

Despite the loss there were many pleasing developments for the Seahawks on top of another excellent result as a Charity event. The clubs combined to raise over $3000 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and the event has grown each year. On the field, new players to the club started their gridiron experience positively. Michael Hett had an excellent interception to go with being the third leading tackler. James Cosgrove had his first start at QB which is always a big challenge, Toby Nash scored as a rookie RB and Geoff Hopkins played his first game on the offensive line.

The Seahawks will have 2 weeks to prepare for the opening regular season game against the Nepean Ducks.

Many thanks need to go to 5 Sports Caringbah and to Shire Music for supporting the event as well as the many volunteers from both clubs.

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