Derby clash could de­fine Hawks’ year

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Cameron Myles

Bus­sel­ton ruck­man Adam Dehring knocks the ball out of the pack in the last derby clash be­tween the two sides.

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