Newcastle Rugby: Hawks veteran hard man calls it quits

Newcastle Rugby: Hawks veteran hard man calls it quits

HAMILTON coach Scott Coleman reckons the career-ending injury to veteran Pete Maxwell acted as a wake-up call for the Hawks.
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Maxwell, 39, had surgery to reattach the tendon to the bone after he ruptured his left bicep in the 20-18 win over Wanderers 11 days ago.

The three-time premiership-winning hooker held back tears when he told the team he was calling it quits.

”He was only coming back for one year,” Coleman said. “It is our 50thyear and to win three premierships in a row –he was pretty pumped for that. He was pretty emotional when he addressed the players. It showedhow much it meant to him. It gavethem a bit of a wake up call that things don’t come easy and time can be up at any moment.”

The Hawks will be without Gareth Tilse (overseas) for the next three games, but welcome back Seva Rokobaro (shoulder) and possibly Liam Walker (back).

* Unbreakable hooker Matt Staff became just the third Singleton player to notch 400 games when he helped the Bulls to a crushing 71-5 win over Lake Macquarie in second-grade on Saturday. Staff wasn’t the only Bull to celebrate a milestone with centre Dean Cruickshanks reaching 250 in the same game.

TURNING BACK THE CLOCK: Peter Maxwell (left) and brother Steve in the lead-up to Hamilton’s 2008 grand-final victory.

* Strong Oval was rocking on Saturday after Nelson Baybeat University 57-12 to win the Ben Clarke Shield and strengthen their place in the top five. The match was player-coach Adam Edwards’ 100thin first grade.

* Waratahs prop NoaTaufaaowill miss the next two matches after taking an early guilty plea on a striking charge. Talanoa was sent off in the Tahs 29-19 loss to Hamilton.