Hawks can go into the record book

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - 2017 GRAND FINAL -

THE Dean­mill Hawks have the op­por­tu­nity to go into the LSWFL his­tory books by go­ing through a sea­son un­de­feated if they can claim the pre­mier­ship this week­end against the Man­jimup Tigers.

There will be no doubt the Hawks will start out as rag­ing favourites and so they should, as they boast a strong line-up that gen­er­ally has not been chal­lenged sig­nif­i­cantly dur­ing the 2017 sea­son.

The Tigers will be wor­thy op­po­nents for the Hawks and af­ter a solid hit-out at the week­end and a gutsy ef­fort against the Hawks in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal, they will come into the game with some con­fi­dence, while the Hawks en­joyed a week off.

There is no doubt the Hawks have been the yard­stick for the colts com­pe­ti­tion for nearly a decade and when they play in Grand Fi­nals they seem to rel­ish the chance to add to their im­pos­ing pre­mier­ship count.

The side will en­joy the lux­ury of hav­ing Jaxon and Blake East re­turn­ing to their ranks from league du­ties and their in­flu­ence will surely be a fac­tor which the Tigers side must ad­dress.

To add to the Hawks’ favour, their pow­er­ful for­wards in Rory Sparks, Jared Edgar and Jozef Parkin­son con­tinue to dom­i­nate and their abil­ity to kick goals will test the Tigers’ de­fence.

If the Tigers can get in­put from Zane Russo, Jethro Nam­nik and Reece Ed­wards, all fresh from solid games, they will keep the more fan­cied Hawks on no­tice.

Both de­fen­sive units have been prom­i­nent with Hawks Joshua De­campo, Jack Kil­rain and Ro­han Bar­ber play­ing solid football while Nam­nik, Ley­ton Chat­ley and Oliver Hutch­e­son showed good form re­cently. This game will show­case some of the re­gion’s finest young tal­ent and will surely pro­vide for some fast and fu­ri­ous colts football.

they did a fort­night ago.

Matthew Bor­natici showed his prow­ess around goals last week and with Nathan Gran­dini and Jordie Ipsen back in form, the Mag­pies boast strike power but col­lec­tively their for­ward struc­ture must keep the pres­sure up.

The Mag­pies wel­comed back Jack Ste­wart last week and his pres­ence along with Isaac Jones and Tim Clif­ford so­lid­i­fied their de­fence nicely.

Souths will start as de­served favourites for this game and if Jor­dan Baggetta, Joshua Groom and Matt Franklyn main­tain their prom­i­nent in­put the Mag­pies will need to be at their best to chal­lenge.

Bill Dob­bin, from Im­pe­ri­als, swoops in for the ball.

Ja­cob West and Matthew Bor­natici, both from Im­pe­ri­als, close in on Mat Gil­lard, from South­ern­ers.

Brady Adam, from Im­pe­ri­als, gets away with the ball.

Pic­tures: Tari Jeffers

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