Hawks and Pumas clash in A Grade contest

BIG LOSS: Tatyoon defender Simone King will miss the round nine match against the Pumas on Saturday. Picture: PETER PICKERING
BIG LOSS: Tatyoon defender Simone King will miss the round nine match against the Pumas on Saturday. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Tatyoon will be hoping to remain in the top two with a win against sixth-placed Pumas on Saturday.

The Hawks have dropped just the one game so far this season but coach Jacqui McDougall said the team is expecting a tough challenge against the Pumas.

“It is always a really good tussle against Moyston-Willaura, so it should be a good game I would imagine,” she said.

“I think they have a few new players but we’ll have to wait and see how we match-up against them before we consider any changes.

“Hopefully we can keep playing the way we have been playing and come away the win.”

McDougall said the team is improving each week and the group is enjoying the experience so far this season.

“We are starting to gel really nicely together as a team and settling into our positions,” she said.

Defender Simone King will miss the match but McDougall said it will give a chance to someone else to step up and play a similar role.

“We have got a few players out, so it will give some B Graders a chance to step up to A Grade and make an impact,” she said.

While Tatyoon sit clear in second position on the ladder, McDougall said there is still some specific areas the team needs to improve to go to the next level.

“We really want to try and keep working on our drive into our attack and applying defensive pressure across the court during games,” she said.

The chemistry of Alex Antonio and Maggie Astbury has also surprised McDougall.

“I think it has been really pleasing to see how well Alex and Maggie have combined in goals, they have been shooting really well also which helps,” she said.

The Moyston-Willaura defenders will need to be at their best with the Hawks scoring power evident with 491 goals in the opening eight games, the most in the competition.

The Pumas have had an up-and-down start to the season but a win against the fancied Hawks could be just what the group needs to boost confidence for the second half of the year.

The visitors sit one game outside of the top five, meaning motivation should be easy to find for the group ahead of the trip to Tatyoon.

Zanetta Hosking will need to continue her good form with the Pumas shooter averaging 27 goals over the past three matches.

Chloe Dunmore has also shown she is more than capable under the net if Hosking needs another option.

Dunmore has been playing defence in the past few games for Moyston-Willaura.

The A Grade match is set for a 1pm start.