Gosford have kick started their 50th anniversary campaign with a thrilling win at home on Saturday, edging out Cardiff by one point in the men's Black Diamond Cup.
The Tigers (7.18-60) accounted for the Hawks (7.17-59) at Adcock Park in what was a see-sawing affair, with the lead changing throughout the round-two encounter.
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Gosford were ahead by three at quarter-time (17-14), Cardiff rebounded during the middle stages and were up by two at the main break (30-28) before arriving at the fourth term with a seven-point advantage (44-37).
However, the Tigers finished stronger and back-to-back goals from Adam Miller and Lachlan Henderson put the hosts back in front.
Scores were either level or remained within one point for a large part of the fourth quarter.
With the clock reading well over 20 minutes, Gosford's Scott Manuelle and Cardiff's Blair Boyle traded majors.
The Tigers, much to the delight of the club's fans, prevailed to notch up their first win of the year having lost last weekend's season opener.
The Hawks also have a 1-1 record so far in 2021.
Elsewhere on Saturday and Brandt Job landed five goals as visitors Warners Bay (11.20-86) downed Nelson Bay (3.3-21), Noah MacDonald kicked three majors with Newcastle City (12.10-82) defeating Singleton (3.4-22) at Hawkins Oval while Killarney Vale (11.7-73) proved too strong for hosts Maitland (2.3-15). Terrigal Avoca had the bye.
In the women's Black Diamond Cup and Emma-Jayne Howe's four goals helped Lake Macquarie (7.6-48) beat Warners Bay (2.1-13). City, Cardiff and Killarney Vale were the other winners in round two.
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