A fi­nals force

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY JONATHAN BOX

When it comes to Taty­oon in Minin­era and Dis­trict Foot­ball League, the team just oozes suc­cess.

And the Hawks’ re­sults talk for them­selves.

In the past 10 years, Taty­oon has been in the fi­nals ev­ery year, fea­tur­ing in eight grand fi­nals and two pre­mier­ships.

It doesn’t seem to mat­ter where the Hawks fin­ish in the top five – they are al­ways a team to watch.

And al­though there is some great com­pe­ti­tion in the fight for the flag this year, you can­not dis­count Taty­oon as a red-hot pre­mier­ship chance.

Taty­oon’s start to the sea­son wasn’t a great one, hav­ing lost three of its first four games.

How­ever, in drop­ping only an­other two games for the rest of the sea­son, the Hawks man­aged to hold on to their top-four spot.

Last year the Hawks went the long way around in the fi­nals by fin­ish­ing fifth on the lad­der and hav­ing to play ev­ery week to reach a grand-fi­nal berth against Wick­lif­feLake Bo­lac.

Taty­oon even­tu­ally went down to the Magpies, but just be­ing there proved when it comes to fi­nals they are never to be taken lightly.

The team Taty­oon is tak­ing into this year’s fi­nals se­ries is dif­fer­ent in com­par­i­son with last year’s grand-fi­nal team.

The Hawks lost a few play­ers – Joe

Gibson, Tyson Marr, Shaun Orr, Geoffrey Jolly and Rick Hen­drick­son – as well as two of their top three goal kick­ers in Steven But­ler and Trevor-john Wan­ga­neen.

Al­though th­ese miss­ing play­ers have not gone un­no­ticed, the Hawks did not leave the holes un­filled.

Re­cruit­ing play­ers and hav­ing play­ers re­turn to the club and from in­jury has given Taty­oon a team wor­thy of fi­nals com­pe­ti­tion.

There are the likes of Joshua Brown, who has come on board as a big tar­get up for­ward and booted 28 goals for the sea­son, Rhys and Harrison Cronin, who have plenty of pres­ence around the ground, and Joe and Sam Thomson, who pro­vide mas­sive amounts of phys­i­cal pres­ence and pres­sure in the mid­dle of the ground as well as in at­tack.

And let’s not for­get the re­turn of Mitch Cronin, whose class, work rate and ball skills have seen him in the best most weeks – usu­ally in the top three. He has also kicked 29 goals to be the lead­ing Hawks goal scorer.

Add th­ese play­ers to an al­ready strong core of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Sean Mc­dougall, Tim Mc­dougall, Adrian Pil­grim, Jar­rod Bland­ford, David Brady and Jack An­to­nio and you can see why they are so con­sis­tently a force to be reck­oned with.

Taty­oon fin­ished fourth on the lad­der and will play Woorn­doo-mort­lake in the first elim­i­na­tion fi­nal at Dunkeld on Sun­day.

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