Hawks fly­ing in 2018

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most pleas­ing part for us,’’ Hazel­man said.

‘‘Prob­a­bly in the past we would have dropped a few of those games, but hope­fully it will put us in a good po­si­tion come the end of the sea­son.’’

What has gone wrong?

Not much. The one glar­ing out­lier is the club’s shock round one loss to arch-ri­val Co­bram, but the first game of the sea­son is al­ways a hard one to both judge and per­form in.

In­juries to de­fend­ers Cam Sud­holz, Tim Brooks and Ricky Thomp­son have made life tricky for the coaches in terms of get­ting the bal­ance right down back, but Hazel­man said sev­eral play­ers had stood up in their ab­sence, such as Ri­ley Brooks.

B&F leader

Brodie A’Vard has again been the dom­i­nant ruck­man in the com­pe­ti­tion and has fea­tured heav­ily in the best play­ers vir­tu­ally ev­ery week for the Hawks.

Young mid­field­ers Will Gor­man and Jake Rus­sell were also fir­ing be­fore get­ting in­jured a few weeks back, while the hardrun­ning Billy An­drew has taken his game to an­other level this sea­son af­ter spend­ing more time in­side the con­test.

Num­ber one ruck: Brodie A’Vard has again been one of Ba­rooga’s most con­sis­tent per­form­ers this sea­son. Pic­ture: Luke He­mer

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