The wind was definitely a factor. There were intermittent gusts coming from the east. (Big gap in between the stands on the eastern side.) That were strong enough to affect a ball drop let alone the kicks. Still mostly down to skill errors.
Big positives for me was work rate behind the ball. We ran hard and set up well, lot of talk going on. Hawks on the other hand just stacked the backline in the second half. Lazy football.
Plenty of Melbourne supporters in attendance. We’re as rare as hens teeth in Tassie, but showed up in force!
When Gawn was rested after half time hawks started to get on top. But we fought back, particular towards the end of the third.
Tactically adjusted well when the hawks tried to counter our switches. Skills improved as the game went on and you could feel the team confidence rise.
Hawks backline put a lot of physical work on and off the ball into Fritter, Melksham and T Mac. They didn’t bite back. Huge smile on Fritters face after the game when they were giving out the balls. Obviously loving it!
Yes there were negatives...But we won!!!