Derby clash could define Hawks’ year
AUGUSTA-Margaret River is hoping to keep its finals hopes alive when they take on Busselton in the Busselton Toyota Cup Derby tomorrow at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.
The Magpies have won just the one game so far this season and the last time the two teams met it was the Hawks who came away with a seven-point victory.
But no matter the positions of both sides on the ladder, the derby is always a tight and tough contest.
Tomorrow’s game is expected to be no different, with the favoured Hawks desperate to win and sneak into the top five.
Augusta-Margaret River coach Matt Jamieson said he expected the Magpies to take the Hawks on this weekend after their last tight contest.
“Conditions played a fair part in all of that,” he said.
“To Busselton’s credit, they kept coming at us.
“We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Jamieson believes his side would be sitting better as they head towards finals if not for some “unfortunate” defeats prior to the weekend’s 80-point thumping of the Eaton Boomers.
On their day the Hawks are a dangerous side and proved that when they demolished the reigning premiers South Bunbury at Hands Oval by 85-points in Round Nine .
Jamieson said his side always had the goal of playing finals.
“There are going to be times when the momentum swings each way,” he said.
“That is just the season we are having. If you are not at 100 per cent then every team can be beaten.”
Jamieson believed conditions would play a big part in the game and whether both teams would be able to implement their running-style game-plans.
“We just need to make sure we control the ball better than Busselton,” he said.
Busselton coach Steve Lester said he hoped his side could turn their form around after tough losses to the Harvey Bulls and Eaton Boomers in their past two games.
“The last few weeks has been a minor setback as we have not played our best football,” he said.
“We have to develop more confidence in our own game.”
Lester said it would be a big day for his young team, with more spectators expected because of the derby and WAFL matches.
He said that since the two sides last met, the Hawks had been playing some good football.
“They (derbies) are always even contests,” he said.
“But they have played some good football since the last one.
“They have a lot more confidence now.”
Bouncedown is 11.40am.
Busselton ruckman Adam Dehring knocks the ball out of the pack in the last derby clash between the two sides.