EAGLEHAWK and Strathfieldsaye will be eyeing off 2-0 starts to the Bendigo Football League season when they meet in this weekend’s match of the round at Canterbury Park on Saturday.
The Hawks over-ran Kyneton to win by 26 points last Saturday, while Strathfieldsaye was a 33-point victor over Golden Square in the grand final rematch.
“Strathfieldsaye after their recruiting campaign and the way they went about it last Sunday are looking like the team to beat, so it’s a good test for us to see what we can do,” Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan said on Thursday.
“We’ll go out with confidence to play our game and see where it takes us.”
One area the Hawks will be keen to sharpen up is in front of goal.
The Hawks had 2.10 on the board at half-time last week against Kyneton, before finishing with 12.17.
“We didn’t make the most of our opportunities last week,” Monaghan said.
“Bad kicking is bad footy and it’s not like a lot of those shots were snaps around the body or kicks under pressure.
“Most were set-shots within the 45 degree angle that should be kicked.”
After he kicked five goals on debut for the Storm last week, Stephen Milne’s opponent this Saturday will be the Hawks’ Tyler Miles.
“He’s our most damaging defender in his ability to take the best forward, big or small,” Monaghan said.
The Hawks have already had one win this week, with recruit Sean Williams cleared by the tribunal on a rough conduct charge.