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Confidence a key for Hawks

Can Drysdale keep its season alive with a win over Geelong Amateur? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DRYSDALE co-coach Luke Matthews hopes a focus on instilling confidence back in a team whose season hangs in the balance will hold it in good stead against Geelong Amateur on Saturday.

The Hawks have dropped from second to sixth on the back of three consecutive losses, including to Newcomb by eight points at Mortimer Oval last week.

Anything but a win over the ladder leaders will likely end their season and the hopes of breaking a six-year finals drought.

“It’s been a tough last three weeks,” Matthews said.

“We’re definitely not playing the way we’d like to, and we’re looking forward to the challenge against Amateurs this week.

“It is simple; we’ve just got to win this week and put all our energy and effort into this week, and then worry about the last game against Anglesea.

“Although last week was a disappointing loss, there’s still a heartbeat in the season, and we’ve got to get everyone back up and put smiles on our faces.”

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Drysdale will be boosted by the return of former Essendon speedster Lauchie Dalgleish from injury and hardman Jesse Lothian after a one-week suspension.

However, the season of Kyle Davis (fractured wrist) is as good as over, while Taylor Bonner and Jarrod Love are still a week away.

Veteran Mitch Scott will be sidelined through suspension.

“Missing Kyle Davis has been really crucial, Jarrod Love, Chris Lynch going away,” Matthews said.

“I don’t want to make too many excuses; everyone has injuries.

“But, a combination of that and confidence and form… we’re just not playing our best football at the moment.

“Fingers crossed, we can turn that around this week.”

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Drysdale scored a 13-point win over Geelong Amateur in Round 10.

Ammos spearhead Mitch Day kicked five goals that afternoon to keep his team in the contest, and he’ll again have the close-checking Nick Malcher for company.

“Mitch got on top of him in the first half, but after half time, Nick was sensational on him, and he’ll definitely play on Mitch,” Matthews confirmed.

“It’s going to be a great contest.”

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