Monaghan praises Hawks' defensive pressure against Bloods

EAGLEHAWK coach Luke Monaghan was quick to praise the team’s defence after the Easter Saturday win against South Bendigo.

The Borough’s workrate when it did not have possession and effort to apply pressure played a big part in the 53-point victory.

The Hawks dominated most of the opening hour against a team desperate to break its season duck.

Eaglehawk slammed on 10 goals and kept the Bloods goalless in the first half.

“We had 22 contributors in the first half,” Monaghan said of building the 10-goal lead.

“For whatever reason, whether it was the big lead or South lifting its intensity, we just didn’t play as well in the second half,” Monaghan said.

The Borough’s coach said the defence was superb all match.

“Tyler Miles was excellent against Ash Morris.

“Although undersized our defenders worked hard in every contest and supported each other,” 

Monaghan said of a back six led by captain Luke Button, Miles, Cal and Tom Harrington.

Although rapt to have won by nine goals, Monaghan said there was some disappointment in not going on to for a bigger win.

“Our expectations have risen. We believe we are a massive chance each week we play.”

In midfield, Brodie Collins set up a lot of attacks to be in the best along with Brenton Conforti, Hayden Collins, Nicolson and Gilmore.

Josh Ryan from the Bendigo Pioneers played his first senior match for the Borough.

Cal Baldwin marked his first senior game with the Two Blues.

In round four, Eaglehawk plays under Kangaroo Flat’s lights on Anzac Day at Beck Legal Oval, Dower Park. 

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