Hawks eye redemption

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Justin FrisAugusta Margaret River Times
Kelvin Lawrence was a shining light for the Hawks up forward kicking two goals last weekend.
Camera IconKelvin Lawrence was a shining light for the Hawks up forward kicking two goals last weekend. Credit: Strive South West

Augusta-Margaret River coach Matt Jamieson is well aware of how important Saturday’s clash with the Harvey Bulls at Gloucester Park is for his side’s top five hopes.

“We do not get a crack at anyone a second time this year and we have wasted two opportunities,” he said.

“Obviously we knew Bunbury’s form was going to be good, but to win that game away from home would have been nice.

“Then we were pretty disappointing against Busselton at home the second time around. You cannot dominate, have all of the momentum in the first half and not go five or six goals up at least.”

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The Hawks coach will also be keen for his midfielders to increase their workrate, after the Magpies overran them in the second half.

“We had a very competitive session on Tuesday night,” he said. “We seem to be working one-way at the moment.

“You cannot dominate games like we did in the first half and then not capitalise. We did not adjust and Busselton’s midfield was far too good and ran rings around us in the second half.

“We obviously have to adjust that structure around the ball and be a bit more competitive by staying in the contest longer.”

The Bulls, who have lost both of their opening two matches by under seven points, will hold no fears of travelling south, according to coach Alan Douglas.

“We are very excited to go down to Augusta-Margaret River,” he said. “I have actually booked some accommodation and will make a weekend of it.”

On Sunday at Brunswick Oval, Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault meet a South Bunbury side who have been decimated by injury, which will likely force coach Stephen Bilcich to promote up to six juniors for the game.

The Collie Eagles will also lock horns with fellow unbeaten side Donnybrook at home, with many tipping a physical clash.

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