Eye off fi­nals

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Footy Countdown - BY JONATHAN BOX

Af­ter three con­sec­u­tive years of play­ing off in a grand fi­nal and hav­ing won a Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League premier­ship in 2016, Taty­oon fin­ished fifth in sea­son 2017.

The club, with 11 wins for the sea­son, lost the last three games of its home­and-away sea­son and was then knocked out in the first week in an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

The Hawks will be keen to build and main­tain form right to the fin­ish this year.

Simon Brear­ley, who has pre­vi­ously coached at Na­timuk United and Nhill, has come on board as new se­nior coach, tak­ing over from Adrian Pil­grim who is now in­volved with the TAC Western Jets in a coach­ing role.

How­ever, Pil­grim has not left the club and in be­ing a key player, the club will be keen to have him play when­ever he is avail­able.

Pil­grim was a key player for the Hawks last year, lead­ing the goal-scor­ing with 51 goals and av­er­ag­ing more than 3.5 a game.

Along with lo­cals Jarrod Bland­ford, Sean Mcdougall, David Brady and Mitch Cronin, he was a mas­sive part of the team’s core.

Brady was the club’s run­ner-up best and fairest, and Bland­ford and Mcdougall Se­niors: Simon Brear­ley Re­serves: Tim Barr, Craig Wells Un­der-16.5s: Lach­lan and Tyson Marr

have been con­sis­tently among best play­ers for the Hawks for many years.

Both con­tinue to lead the team with their ex­pe­ri­ence. A mas­sive blow for the club will be the loss of Mitch Cronin, who was the club’s 2017 best and fairest and second lead­ing goal-scorer. He is go­ing to Minyip-mur­toa.

Tyler Cronin, who is head­ing to the Ararat Rats along with Jake Wil­liamson, are also ma­jor losses.

There have not been many new re­cruits for the Hawks at this stage, how­ever, they have had some no­table re­turns in Jack Fraser, Matt Pell and Joe Gib­son as well as the big re­turn of 2014 league lead­ing goal-kicker Steven But­ler.

Look­ing to im­prove on last year, the Hawks are hoping to play fi­nals in all grades and de­velop their un­der-16.5 list to con­tinue club im­prove­ment and get them­selves back up to be­ing the pow­er­house they were.

Al­though on pa­per the re­cruit list for Taty­oon seems light, his­tory would cer­tainly sug­gest it would be un­wise to count the Hawks out at any stage of the sea­son.

The side will con­tinue to be one to watch.

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