Watching Brothers like a Hawke
By RACHEL BORICH
YEPPOON Swans ruckman Wes Hawke is proud to wear the red and white and does not want his Trend Interiors Carpet Court AFL Capricornia 2005 season to end at Swan Park today.
Hawke will be instrumental in the Swans' winning chances in their minor semi-final against Brothers, a team Hawke rates as "the best side in the competition at the moment'' . "This can be our last game or we can push onto a couple more this season,'' Hawke said.
The Swans definitely carry the underdog tag into this contest, after a high-flying start to the season where they scored a 72-52 win over Brothers in their season opening round clash at Swan Park.
However, in their later contests Brothers scored a 93-66 round six win followed by 246-45 thumping of the Swans in round 11 on July 9.
However, their end-of-season form has deserted the club which has struggled to get good numbers to training and games. After first joining the club as an 18-year-old, Hawke, now 25, is one player who has always been there for training runs and had not missed a game this season.
While injuries and other factors have taken their toll on some players' availability each week, Hawke has battled on. "It makes it hard and I get a bit cranky, but you can't take it out on the players,'' he said.
"I'm just here to play footy, I'm pretty keen, niggling injuries won't keep me out.''
Hawke just wants his teammates to go out there and give 110% against Brothers.
"Finals footy is always different.''
Whatever the result today, Hawke said he would be 'back for sure'' next season.
While Yeppoon needs a dramatic change of fortunes in form, Brothers arrive off their first win over the BITS Saints at Boyne Oval in 10 years.
This weekend's minor semi-final winner will next face the winner of next Saturday's major semi-final between BITS and minor premiers Glenmore.
The A grade game starts at 2.30pm after the reserve grade minor semi-final between CQU Panthers and Gladstone starting at Swan Park at 12.30pm.