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Hawks get back Lynch

Chris Lynch in action in Drysdale’s win over Barwon Heads in Round 6. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DRYSDALE will be boosted by the inclusion of quality defender Chris Lynch for Saturday’s crucial clash with Queenscliff at Mortimer Oval.

Lynch was unavailable for last week’s loss to Barwon Heads, and Hawks coach Luke Matthews is well aware of how important the former Bell Park star is to his team’s fortunes.

“He adds more leg speed and is a class player and a very smart player, so he’s going to be a huge addition to our team,” Matthews said.

“He strengthens up our backline, but he also gives us lots of run-and-carry and that good ball use off the half-back line.”

The addition of Lynch could be among up to five changes for Drysdale, with Leopold recruit Matt Gunn (shoulder) and ruck Damian Hoare also in the frame to take on the Coutas.

However, recruit Sam Fleming (concussion) and forward Josh Rushton (hamstring) will both be sidelined.

Matthews knows the Hawks can’t afford to slip too far behind the eight-ball with a loss to Queenscliff, which is also looking for its first win of the season.

“Everyone knows how even the competition’s going to be,” he said.

“Queenscliff, it was a great game by all reports (against Geelong Amateur), and looking at the results on the weekend, they’ll be in the same position as us – both teams will be desperate to get the four points this weekend.

“It’s going to be a great game.”

Limiting turnovers will be a key for Drysdale, with Barwon Heads kicking nine of its majors after being gifted the ball by the Hawks.

“Whether that was fatigue or the pressure that Barwon Heads put on us,” Matthews said. “But, I think the decision-making and our skills weren’t at a level where we expect it to be.

“And we just played into their hands. Our forwards got a bit lazy in the second half and weren’t hitting up at the ball carrier.

“We just bombed it long and played into Barwon Heads’ hands.

“There are some definite areas there that we’ve addressed, and I think the best thing to come out of it is that the players have picked up on it straight away.”

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