EAGLEHAWK’S BFNL top three aspirations, and by extension its premiership hopes, go on the line at MyJet Oval on Saturday.
RIGHT MAN: Brenton Conforti could get the task of playing on Golden Square Corey Jones.
The fourth-placed Hawks must defeat home side Golden Square to have any chance of knocking the Bulldogs or Sandhurst out of the top three.
The Hawks haven’t been taken seriously as a premiership threat this season because they’ve failed to deliver each time they’ve played one of the big three.
They haven’t been blown away by Strathfieldsaye, Golden Square or Sandhurst, but one poor quarter of football has cost the Hawks dearly.
The last time the Hawks met Golden Square, the Bulldogs kicked five goals to one in the third quarter and won by 15 points.
In round nine against Sandhurst, Eaglehawk conceded seven goals in the second term and lost to the Dragons by 27 points.
The Hawks’ two games against reigning premier Strathfieldsaye have followed similar paths.
In round two, Eaglehawk was down by five goals at half-time, before holding its own in the second half to lose by 39 points.
In round 11, Eaglehawk outscored Strathfieldsaye for the final three quarters, but the damage had been done early when the Storm kicked seven goals to three in the first quarter.
“There’s been parts of matches where we’ve been in control, even at stages against Strathfieldsaye, but you have to put together four quarters of footy if you want to compete with the top sides,’’Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan said.
“It’s something we haven’t been able to do this year.”
The man Eaglehawk must stop is Golden Square star Corey Jones.
Jones didn’t play in Golden Square’s 15-point win earlier this season, but in three games last year against the Hawks he kicked 14 goals and was best on ground twice.
“Corey Jones is Corey Jones. If you worry about him too much, you’re not doing the right thing by Geary, Rosa, Daley, Baird and Herring,’’ Monaghan said.
“You’ve got to have the cattle to stop a man like that and not many teams do.We’ll put some time into him, butthere’s more to Square than just Jones.”
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