EAGLEHAWK will be driven by the incentive of keeping its Bendigo Football League finals destiny in its own hands when it hosts Kyneton at Canterbury Park on Saturday.
The Hawks and Tigers are both 4-5 and a game behind fifth-placed Kangaroo Flat as the second half of the season kicks off.
Both sides are coming off losses last week - Eaglehawk by 33 points against Sandhurst and Kyneton by 59 points against Maryborough.
“It’s a big game for both clubs,” Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan said on Friday.
“It’s not do or die at this stage, but a win this week keeps your destiny in your own hands, whereas a loss and you’re starting to rely on other results.
“Both sides would be disappointed with their results last week and keen to move forward.”
The Hawks competed with the ladder-leading Sandhurst for three quarters last week before dropping off in the final term.
“We’ve stepped up against quality opposition and probably dropped off against sides that aren’t regarded as top teams, so we need to get that consistency into our game and make sure we bring the right gamestyle every week and be up for the contest,” Monaghan said.
“There were positive signs for us last week, even though we couldn’t sustain it, but now it’s about getting that consistency over four quarters.”
The Hawks have Andrew Jardine and Dylan Hanley playing their first senior games for the club.