Hawks keep heads down

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

UNIVER­SITY Hawks coach Zammi Ro­han in­sists his side hasn’t started think­ing about the AFL Townsville fi­nals just yet as they pre­pare to take on pre­miers Thuringowa to­day.

The Hawks have been the com­pe­ti­tion’s pace­set­ters this sea­son, but they’ve slipped to se­cond on the lad­der fol­low­ing last week­end’s 36- point loss to the Her­mit Park Tigers.

That loss could have spoiled Univer­sity’s hopes of claim­ing the mi­nor premier­ship, but Ro­han said they were con­cerned more about how they’re play­ing than their lad­der po­si­tion.

“We’ve just got our heads down and we’re work­ing hard. We don’t want to get too car­ried away with fi­nals yet,” he said. “It’s a bit of a funny time of year. We’ve got peo­ple all over the place at the mo­ment, but I think we’re fairly con­fi­dent go­ing into the game.

“We had a loss last week, but it’s a good thing for us. We’re not too con­cerned about the lad­der.

“We’ve beaten the Tigers twice and they’ve beaten us twice and we’ve a good record against the Bull­dogs. We’re re­ally com­fort­able.

“We’re not con­cerned if we fin­ish first or se­cond. We still get a se­cond chance in the fi­nals so we’re more fo­cused on ba­sic stuff, get­ting it to­gether, and gain­ing some mo­men­tum.”

To­day’s clash will be just the se­cond time the Hawks have played at Tony Ire­land Sta­dium this sea­son and Ro­han said it was im­por­tant they feel com­fort­able at the venue which will host the fi­nals se­ries.

The Con­don sta­dium is Thuringowa’s home ground, but Ro­han said ev­ery team en­joyed play­ing there and he ex­pected his play­ers to lift.

“The Bull­dogs are al­ways a re­ally tough op­po­nent and it’s good that we get an­other run on Tony Ire­land Sta­dium be­fore the fi­nals,” Ro­han said.

“We’ve only played there once this year, so that’s some­thing we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to as well, try­ing to get our heads around what we need to do.

“It’s one of best sur­faces in Queens­land and the fa­cil­i­ties are great so the guys re­ally step up to an­other level when we play there.

“But in say­ing that, it’s the Bull­dogs’ home ground and they play there a lot.”

In to­day’s other clash, the North­ern Beaches Suns will be look­ing to bounce back when they host the Her­mit Park Tigers.

The Suns are com­ing off a shock loss to Curra last week­end and things won’t get any eas­ier against a Tigers out­fit who have won nine of their past 10 games.

Hawks coach Zammi Ro­han.

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