A tough start against a strong Crusaders side saw an overall outstanding team performance throughout, with an opening goal and player of the match display from the returning Tyler Sharp. Captain Ben Leader then scored a cracking free kick from 30 yards to give Hares a 2 nil halftime lead. However, the second half saw Crusaders come back, but Hares coped well despite Crusaders scoring midway through. A great start to the new season lads with an impressive 2 – 1 win.