Test for out of sorts Hawks

The last time Huntly suffered a 20-goal plus defeat the Hawks responded by winning a final the following week.

The Hawks’ faithful will be hoping for a similar fightback when they host White Hills in round three of the HDFNL on Saturday.

The Hawks were woeful against North Bendigo last Saturday and now face a White Hills side which is up and about after two straight wins to open the season.

BACK ON DECK: Harry Whittle will add some class and goal kicking power to Huntly's midfield mix.

BACK ON DECK: Harry Whittle will add some class and goal kicking power to Huntly's midfield mix.

A positive for the Hawks is the return from injury of star midfielder Harry Whittle, but they’ve also lost two key on-ballers to injury in Luke Semmel and Jack Daley.

The Demons have clearly improved from last year and an early-season scalp of the class of Huntly would do wonders for their confidence and finals aspirations.

Arguably the hardest game to tip in round three is the battle of winless teams Heathcote and LBU at Pigeon Park.

The Saints were competitive for three quarters against White Hills last week, while the Cats went down by four goals in a shoot-out against Elmore.

After only kicking two goals for the game last week against Colbo, Mt Pleasant will welcome the addition of former Golden Square key forward Ryan Herring for Saturday’s home clash with Leitchville-Gunbower.

While the Blues struggle for forward efficiency, the Bombers have a plethora of options inside forward 50 and they should prove too strong.

In the final game of the round, Colbinabbin should make it two wins on the trot when it travels to Elmore to play the Bloods.