Hawks over the moon with Ak­er­ma­nis

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport -

From back page O’Keefe was given the op­tion of the money or a mys­tery player with that player be­ing Ak­er­ma­nis.

But Ak­er­ma­nis isn’t the only in­clu­sion for the bat­tle for the wooden spoon with the Hawks look­ing to bring in Al­lan and Jay Ely, and Josh McQueen while club leg­end An­drew Har­ris has come out of re­tire­ment to help boost the side.

Mark Scholte has signed for the re­main­der of the sea­son, while a for­mer bas­ket­baller Abra­ham Cox looks likely to make his de­but for the Hawks and will surely ex­cite spec­ta­tors with his ath­leti­cism.

But af­ter 50 losses, White said there is a fair amount of work to do be­fore that streak can end.

“Af­ter so many losses in a row there is a fair bit of work that needs to go into get­ting the mind­set right be­fore the game to make sure we are ready,” White said.

“There is a fair amount of ex­cite­ment with Ja­son com­ing on board ob­vi­ously, but we can’t just rely on him to win us the game.

“Bez (co-coach Jamie Berry), John (Paola) and I have worked hard on the boys’ skills and the struc­tures we want to put in place.

“The hype we have is good, ev­ery­one is gee’d up and ex­cited, but we have to chan­nel that.”

Co-coaches White (back) and Berry (hand) will be un­avail­able to play for the Hawks this week­end but with 25 play­ers on the train­ing track the club is cer­tainly ready to take tomorrow’s op­por­tu­nity with both hands.

North Wan­garatta will host Bon­nie Doon at WJ Find­lay Oval and as both clubs do not have re­serves sides the match will start at 1pm.

WHEEL OF FOR­TUNE: Ja­son Ak­er­ma­nis in his time for North Al­bury two sea­sons ago.

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