Coach pleased Hawks stuck to task
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.”