Coach pleased Hawks stuck to task

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Justin Fris

Au­gusta-Mar­garet River coach Matt Jamieson was de­lighted with his side’s re­solve in Sun­day’s five­point vic­tory over Ea­ton Boomers in the first semi-fi­nal.

Al­though the fi­nal min­utes were hec­tic, the Hawks boss was pleased with how his play­ers main­tained an over­all level of calm­ness, de­spite squan­der­ing some chances ear­lier in the term. “The in­struc- tion at three-quar­ter time was just to hold our com­po­sure with the ball go­ing for­ward,” he said.

“We had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties and what I just said to the boys af­ter the game was that when we are out on the two ver­sus one sit­u­a­tion on the outer side, we just have to hit that kick and con­nect to our for­wards.

“We didn’t do that early in the last quar­ter — and to Ea­ton’s credit, they were al­ways go­ing to come back. That’s what hap­pens if you don’t take your op­por­tu­ni­ties early and snuff it out, you end up in a tight con­test like we were.

“Fi­nals are hard to win and you have to play them right out.”

When asked about his side’s abil­ity to fin­ish off quar­ters strongly by boot­ing five goals in time-on, Jamieson out­lined his side had been work­ing strongly on re­vers­ing a wor­ry­ing early sea­son trend.

“It was a point we spoke about at the mid­way part of the sea­son as well,” he said.

“We con­ceded a lot of late goals in red time — so we wanted to flip that around and make sure we were com­bat­ing it dur­ing red time our­selves.

“I didn’t know that we kicked five but I know we en­joyed some good time late in quar­ters, which was pleas­ing.”

Boomers coach Brett Maguire was flat af­ter his side’s heart­break­ing loss, but re­flec­tive in his as­sess- ment. “It’s more a learn­ing year I sup­pose,” he said.

“When you lose games like this, you go straight away into an ed­u­ca­tion.

“Ide­ally you want to be look­ing at it as a win and suc­cess — but on days like to­day, the pos­i­tive is we are ed­u­cat­ing our play­ers and de­vel­op­ing some of the young guys.

“Ob­vi­ously the dis­ap­point­ing part is not grab­bing the op­por­tu­ni­ties when they were there to­day.”

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