Bat­tle for top spot

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

UNIVER­SITY Hawks coach Zammi Ro­han is hop­ing his team’s hard work can con­tinue to pay off in their top- of- thetable block­buster with the Her­mit Park Tigers to­day.

Both sides boast im­pres­sive 9- 1 win/ loss records to start the 2017 sea­son, with the Tigers sit­ting in first due to a slightly bet­ter win­ning per­cent­age.

The win­ner of to­day’s 3pm clash at Harold Phillips Oval will move in to out­right first in the Townsville AFL stand­ings and Ro­han ( pic­tured) had faith in his side’s abil­ity to match it with Her­mit Park.

“As a club we are re­ally pos­i­tive about the start we’ve had to the year and it’s been great to get some re­wards from our hard work,” he said.

“We’ve wel­comed some great new play­ers to the club this sea­son and our re­turn­ing play­ers have also re­ally stepped up.

“We’ve only had the one hic­cup this sea­son and that was against the Tigers a few weeks back so we need to be at our best for this game.”

The two sides have split their two pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters this sea­son and Ro­han said his squad must be ready to match the fast- mov­ing style that the Tigers rely on.

“The Tigers move the ball quite fast, they run and carry a fair bit and their style of play is all about quick move­ment,” he said.

“We need to try and shut that down and keep work­ing hard as a group for the en­tire game.”

In other Townsville AFL ac­tion to­day the win­less Curra Swans will be des­per­ate to find their first vic­tory of the sea­son when they tackle the fourth­placed North­ern Beaches Suns at North Shore at 3pm.

The Swans have strug­gled might­ily this sea­son and will face a tall or­der against a Suns side that has al­ready beaten them twice in 2017.

GREAT START: Univer­sity Hawks player Matthew Depaoli gets a kick away. His side will face the Tigers to­day. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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