Hawks hope for a better start
Augusta-Margaret River will meet the Harvey Bulls on Sunday, hoping to improve their pressure in the first quarter after a 24-point loss to Collie.
Hawks coach Matt Jamieson said despite controlling their fair share of play, missed opportunities in the early stages were a factor in the 7.15 (57) to 4.9 (33) loss.
“It’s obviously a key focus to get a good start this week,” he said.
Jamieson said the Hawks were “crying out for a dry track”, with weather conditions not helping the result.
He said the Hawks would play to their strengths and stick to their game style. The Hawks coach said Augusta-Margaret River had the same amount of inside-50s as their opponents up the hill but the Eagles’ early dominance set up their margin throughout the game.
“We just didn’t adjust to the conditions quickly enough,” he said.
“They then got forward-half territory.”
The Eagles had all the play their own way early and set about hurting the Hawks on the scoreboard, but by the time the light rain set in during the second quarter, they had managed to kick just three goals from eight scoring shots.
This gave the Hawks a glimmer of hope, as the visitors kicked two quick goals against the run of play in the second term to stay in the hunt at half-time. Augusta- Margaret River ruckman Harry Morgan battled manfully in the middle of the ground for the Hawks, often winning the ball from his own taps and out-muscling his much smaller opposition.
Unfortunately, the rest of his side failed to put the Eagles midfield under pressure, with Corey and Chase Griggs and Kyle Shanahan proving to be too much.
Mitch Lynn, Mitch Gerrans (two goals) and Max Paterson put up strong performances and had the Hawks in the hunt until late in the final term, when the Eagles found their range and kicked three goals to seal the win.
Augusta-Margaret River ruckman Harry Morgan kicks the ball off the ground.