Hawks hope for a bet­ter start

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - De­clan Bush and Mitchell Woodcock

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.

Pic­ture: Mitchell Woodcock

Au­gusta-Mar­garet River ruck­man Harry Mor­gan kicks the ball off the ground.

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