Hawks over the moon with Akermanis
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.