Yanco-Wamoon prepares to head to Hay.

GOING FOR IT: Yanco-Wamoon’s Troy Preston makes a dash for the line during a recent match in Griffith. Photo: Anthony Stipo
GOING FOR IT: Yanco-Wamoon’s Troy Preston makes a dash for the line during a recent match in Griffith. Photo: Anthony Stipo

AN INJURY-RAVAGED Yanco-Wamoon will make the trek to Hay this weekend.

The Hawks will take on the Magpies on Saturday, but they will be heading to take on the Magpies with an under strength team. 

Three players injured their hamstrings last weekend, but assistant coach Phil Puntoriero said the Hawks would solider on. 

“We certainly won’t be taking them lightly or easy that’s for sure,” he said. 

“They have nothing to lose and we know that. 

“While we have a few out, we’re still pretty confident we can win and it would be a good way to celebrate on the way home because it is a Saturday.”

The Hawks have had an up and down year in 2017. 

Injuries severely hurt their finals chances, as did a lot of missed opportunities. 

“There is still a very slim possibility we could make the finals by some small miracle,” Puntoriero said. 

“We need to do our part, but we are relying on other results to go our way.”

The Hawks will be bringing in some young blood into the senior side this weekend. 

“We’re hoping to play some of the younger fellas because we want to try and keep them at the club,” Puntoriero said. 

“It will be a good opportunity to give them a run.”

There is some good news for the club, with their reserve grade side in second points, but equal first with Waratah Tigers on points. 

Their under 18s are on top of the ladder. 

“Those guys are doing pretty well,” Puntoriero said. 

“We’re trying to keep in mind those teams will definitely be playing finals, so we don’t want to have many of them playing up if they don’t need to this weekend.”

Hay are still yet to win a game this season and Puntoriero said the Hawks shouldn’t go in thinking it would be an easy win. It’s still 13-on-13 so we need to put in a solid effort,” he said. 

“Sometimes when you’re playing lower teams it does turn into a scrappy game. It would be good if we could come out and play some strong footy.

“I think it would be a good way to finish off the year if we’ve just got this weekend and the one after to go. We have the ability so that’s been the most frustrating thing at times.” The game will be played at the Hay Sportsground.