Hawks will need eyes on the ball HAWKS

Thursday, July 5, 2018

HAWTHORN assistant coach Brendon Bolton believes the Western Bulldogs have added fast ball movement to their armoury in 2015 – complimenting their contested ball dominance.

The Tasmanian assistant expects a tough challenge for the 2013 and 2014 premiers, who are coming off a rare loss to Essendon.

Bolton said the entire football department had their performances critiqued during the week but the club has since moved on.

“You learn from it and reflect on it [but] you don’t hold onto the baggage for too long because you’ve got another game.

“We played some pretty good patches in the middle part but it is all about a four-quarter performance.”

In the past two seasons the sides have met twice in Launceston, Hawthorn winning by 19 and 62 points respectfully.

However, Luke Beverage’s Bulldogs are undefeated two games into this season.

“Every win early in the season is really important and we know we have got a big challenge tomorrow [Sunday],” Bolton said.

“They’re a really good contested side and their figures say that but I think also this year they’ve added a lot of really fast ball movement and move the ball from one end to the other really quickly.

“We are going to have to delay a lot of their ball movement and win enough ball inside because we think they do both of that very well.”

Bolton said the return of senior stars Josh Gibson and Sam Mitchell would be advantageous.

The Dogs did not train in Launceston on Saturday and have named midfielder Lukas Webb (pick No.27 in last year’s NAB AFL draft) to debut.

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