Josh HIggins charges forward during the recent Group 20 Knockout at EW Moore Oval. Photo: Anthony StipoIT HAS been a long off-season for the Yanco-Wamoon Hawks, but the club is ready to strap on the boots and tackle the Yenda Blueheelers head on.
The Hawks had the bye for the opening round of the Group 20 fixture last weekend.
However, the club hasn’t had a lack of play time in the interim, with a first grade having a solid hit out against reserves on Tuesday night.
Prior to that, the Hawks took out the Group 20 Knockout final against Yenda.They alsoplayed a trial game against Tumbarumba.
Co-coach Glenn Dumbrell was keen to get the year underway against the Blueheelers.
“We’ve prepared well,” he said.
“On Tuesday night we had a really good hit out.Having the bye has given us another week to work on our fitness.
“It’s not ideal having the bye in the first round, but I don’t think it’s going to have a big impact.
“It would be worse having it the second game I think.”
The Hawks appear to be the talk of the Group 20 competition already this season without having played an official match.
Many have them tipped as making the grand final, but Dumbrell said it was too early to start talking finals.
“Obviously that is our goal, but you can’t be thinking it’s just going to happen,” he said.
“We’ve got to walk the walk if that talk is out there.
“We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us.”
Dumbrell said if the Hawks were to register their first win this weekend at Yanco Sportsground, the side would need to focus on getting the basics right.
“We’ve been working on all of the usual things,” Dumbrell said.
“Getting our offensive structure right is one thing.
“I think our fitness is pretty good.
“We want to play a fast game, but we don’t want to be making silly mistakes.”
Yenda lost its opening game of the season last weekend, going down 22-20 toTullibigeal Lake Cargelligo.
“After that loss I think they will definitely come out firing on the weekend,” Dumbrell said.
“They are always a very tough team.We’re expecting a hard match.”
The Hawks will have their final training session on Friday night, with all eyes on Sunday’s prize.
Dumbrell was hopeful a large home crowd would turnout for the game.
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