Hawks need boost from Aker
Tuggeranong's Benjamin McRorey, left, chases Sydney Hills player Callen Young, centre, as Tuggeranong's Lachlan Monger looks on at Greenway Oval. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
''Aker, we need you here now,'' Tuggeranong coach Glenn Gorman joked after his side's winless start to the season continued yesterday.
A blistering third quarter by the Sydney Hills Eagles blew the Hawks out of the water and the visitors ran out 40-point winners, 19.22 (136) to 14.12 (96), at Greenway Oval.
It leaves Tuggeranong languishing on the bottom of the NEAFL eastern conference ladder with just one draw from its six games, while the Eagles are second behind Queanbeyan.
Brisbane Lions triple premiership star Jason Akermanis will play for the Hawks in round 13 but Gorman's side could do with the confidence boost his presence will bring now.
Tuggeranong trailed by one point at half-time but got smashed out of the middle in the third quarter as the Eagles kicked 9.5 to set up a match-winning lead.
With quick supply out of the centre, the Hills big forwards, Stephen Doyle (four goals) and Jamie Vlatko (three) were hard for the Hawks defence to stop.
And when they couldn't mark it, Ross Tungatalum (two) and Bradley Palipuaminni dined out on the crumbs.
The Eagles surprisingly sit second but coach Glenn Garner refused to consider finals just yet.
''If you look at those good sides that are outside the five at the moment, Swans and GWS, they're not going to stay there. The back half [of the season] is going to be a real arm wrestle,'' he said. ''The early games are important but we're not writing ourselves in there because we've got a pretty tough run home.''
His counterpart needs to find a way to improve the Hawks' skill levels - they repeatedly missed targets by hand and foot that turned into costly turnovers.
''It's always been our problem, we've had too many turnovers which really cost you … the effort's there we've just got to get better at using the ball,'' Gorman said.
''We've got guys that are lacking confidence and not backing themselves. You can't just flick a switch [to fix it], you've just to put the work in on the track.''
Young midfielder Lachlan Monger was a standout for the Hawks.
Meanwhile, top-placed Tigers smashed Sydney University by 80 points at Margaret Donoghoe Park, while Ainslie held off Belconnen by one goal in a thriller at Manuka Oval.