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Hawks “better prepared”: Matthews

Drysdale will look to extend its winning streak to six when it travels to Torquay. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DRYSDALE co-coach Luke Matthews says its loss to Torquay in Round 5 proved to be a turning point in the season.

The Hawks surrendered a 25-point three-quarter time lead that afternoon at Mortimer Oval, with the Tigers running out seven-point winners.

However, Drysdale has won six of its last seven outings, including five-in-a-row since Round 8.

“Sometimes those losses are a good thing,” Matthews said. “As disappointing as it was, it’s pretty much galvanised the group.

“I reckon we’re much better prepared this time around.

“We probably lost the game ourselves; we just panicked and went into our shells and didn’t know how to win the game.

“From that, we’ve learnt a lot. The boys have got a lot of belief and improved a lot since that loss.”

One of the keys to Drysdale’s improvement, aside from the addition of some quality recruits and the return of a couple of local stars, has been its depth.

The Hawks reserves sit third with nine wins, which has meant Matthews and co-coach Daniel Jull have had ample talent to fill any spots made available by injuries.

“They’re doing a fantastic job, the reserves,” Matthews said

“A lot of guys have stepped up, and when have had those injuries, our depth has shown that we’ve got guys that can cover.

“There’s a few guys that have stood up and are holding their spot that has really surprised us because they want to play senior football.”

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