Momentum building


Tara Murray

Something has clicked for Glen Orden in the past fortnight in the Western Region Football League division 2 competition.

After an interrupted start to the year with injuries, the Hawks have started to get their stars back on the park.

With some results starting to go their way, coach Nathan Moon said the belief was starting to grow within the group.

“We’ve started to get some momentum the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“We had some poor results early, but we’re now getting players back every week which has start to bring some depth again.

“We’ve also tinkered with the way we want to play as well. The last fortnight we’ve started to see the results.”

Moon said they were now only two or three players away from their best squad. While one player is done for the season, the other two are set to return at some stage.

The wins in the last fortnight mean the Hawks have kept their top four hopes alive.

“Our destiny is in our own hands,” Moon said. “We still have to play the team above us and we want to take their spots.

“We think we are good enough to get into the top four. We’re starting to see that belief in the playing group.”

On Saturday the Hawks faced bottom side West Footscray. The Hawks took the lead early and were able to build throughout on the way to a 24.17 (161)-12.8 (80) win.

Moon said the Roosters never gave up and continued to push.

“Credit to West Footscray,” he said.

“Our boys went there and did a job, but West Footscray did play some good footy. Our class and execution was a bit better, no disrespect to West Footscray.

Aaron Law kicked five goals and was named the Hawks best for a second straight week.

Moon said he liked the games of Brandon Reid and Jake Pettitt as well, but the most pleasing thing was getting contributions out of all 22 players.

The Hawks this week face Albion at home. Moon said it was a big match in the context of the season.

“If we come with the right attitude we can make a statement and take the next step in the development,” he said.

“We need to back up the two wins and put pressure on the top four who have been able to win three or four games in a row.”

In other results Point Cook Centrals smashed Newport, Parkside was too good for North Footscray and Wyndhamvale beat Albion.

In division 1, Werribee Districts knocked off Altona, Caroline Springs smashed Yarraville Seddon, Hoppers Crossing beat Point Cook, Spotswood got over the line against St Albans and Deer Park beat Sunshine.

In division 3, Albanvale, the Suns and Laverton were the winners.