Gold Coast stick with the script
GOLD Coast Football Club will be hunting consecutive victories and will approach today’s game against Box Hill Hawks with an unchanged line-up.
The round 11 VFL clash will be at Southport and it is the first time since the opening three rounds that Gold Coast has had an unchanged line-up.
They are looking to maintain the momentum and confidence gained from their last start victory against Frankston.
Assistant coach Shaun Hart said the squad will have to play with more discipline against the Hawks.
“We’ll obviously expect some Hawks players in their line-up so we’ll expect them to play how the Hawks play,” he said.
“They’ll use a zone, and look to switch the ball quickly across their defence.”
“We’ll have to work hard not to turn the ball over like we did early against Frankston or else we’ll be giving them too many chances.”
Box Hill Hawks are aligned with Hawthorn who are coming off a 49-point loss to Collingwood and they reside in ninth place on the ladder with four wins, six losses.
The Hawks will bring a line-up boasting AFL-listed players such as Brendan Whitecross, Gary Moss, Beau Dowler, Cameron Stokes and Josh Gibson.
Despite being touted as a chance to play in the midfield this week, Karmichael Hunt will continue plying his trade in defence against the Hawks.
Hart said he was pleased with Hunt’s first-up effort which was down back.
“I thought he did really well, a good and disciplined effort really, so we thought we’d give him another go to work further on his body control and positioning.
“And also apply a few lessons learned.”
A Gold Coast victory will keep them in touch with the final eight.
The bounce is at 2pm.
– Leigh Philpot