Hawks one game away from grand final

Sam McNaughton slices through the defence. It's down to the business end of the season when the Hawks take on South Burnett at Riddles on Saturday.
Sam McNaughton slices through the defence. It's down to the business end of the season when the Hawks take on South Burnett at Riddles on Saturday.

The Goondiwindi afl Hawks are preparing to get down to business.

The undefeated Hawks have been flying high in 2020 but Coach Dave O'Tole has given the team a warning before it clash against South Burnett on Saturday at Riddles Oval.

"This is no time to become complacent.

"We have had a great year but finals is like a new season in itself with no second chances."

He also warned players to "expect a different team" to when they last played the Kingaroy-based club.

"We have huge respect for South Burnett.

"Our primary focus will be to stick to our system and to bring the energy and intensity necessary for finals."

He's sure a team "challenge" will help motivate the players

"We have set ourselves a challenge to continue to improve and to play our best when it's most important.

"It's been part of our ethos for a few years now and we're proud of that part of our game."

Luckily, and due to some good player management, the Hawks run into finals with no injury concerns and close to full strength.

It's rare that happens.

But the good news means there will be some tough decisions to make.

"The team is looking strong, we've overcome some injury and availability issues.

"Unfortunately that means some players who have played good football this year will miss out on selection this week," he said.

Goondiwindi Hawks President Rob Mackenzie said the club couldn't be more excited about the game.

"We are glad we have one more game in Gundy and we hope we get plenty of supporters to cheer on the boys.

"I know how excited the players are and how keen to put their best foot forward not just for themselves but for the locals who have given the club such great support over the season," he said.

A win will see the Hawks go straight into the grand final.

A loss will see them pack up their footy bags for the season.

The South Burnett takes on South Toowoomba in the women's final at 12.50.

The men's match begins at 2.30pm.

A COVID-safe plan will be in place.