K rock Football

Cautious Hawks

Drysdale co-coach Ben Carmichael. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DRYSDALE is taking a conservative approach to the health of several senior players, with co-coach Ben Carmichael more concerned with the fitness of his squad come mid-August when the BFL finals get underway.

The unbeaten Hawks are a lock to play finals and in the box-seat to finish with the minor premiership.

However, despite meetings with fellow premiership contenders  Barwon Heads and Torquay on either side of the mid-season bye, Carmichael is comfortable not risking players crucial to Drysdale’s flag tilt.

Veteran forward Jarrod Garth (quad), Lauchie Dalgleish (calf), Flinn Chisholm (ribs) and Billy Beardsell (broken hand) will all miss Saturday’s match-up with the Seagulls.

Garth and Dalgleish both missed last week’s win over Geelong Amateur, Chisholm suffered his injury against Ammos, while Beardsell hasn’t played since Round 8.

Drysdale will also be missing Chris Lynch for the Barwon Heads and Torquay meetings, with the veteran half-back overseas.

“In the past, we’ve rushed guys back because we needed results,” Carmichael said.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, and we’ve got some big games at the end of the year.

“We just want to make sure guys are right that these injures are not reoccurring.”

A win over Barwon Heads will turn Drysdale’s meeting with Torquay after the break into the likely minor premiership decider.

However, Carmichael isn’t concerning himself with the Hawks claiming their first minor premiership since winning their most recent flag in 2010.

“We’re aiming for the top three,” he said.

“You really want to test yourself against the other three sides that are vying for that top spot.

“We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

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