Hanwood Blue taking on West Griffith in GDFA

When they made the step up to playing first grade after being primarily made up of last year’s Hanwood FC reserve grade side, Hanwood Blue have shown their quality.

FIGHTING HARD: Hanwood FC Blue's Brad Plos goes into a physical contest with Yoogali SC's Mark Giammini. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

FIGHTING HARD: Hanwood FC Blue's Brad Plos goes into a physical contest with Yoogali SC's Mark Giammini. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

In what has been a fairly stop-start season coach Luke Papandera said his side knew the challenge they were stepping into.

“We knew this was a chance to show the quality of their side,” he said.

“The boys have stepped it up this year and I am happy with the performances thus far.”

Heading into their game against West Griffith they are sitting fourth on the table and a win would see them keep pace with the top sides.

The side will still be without one of their key attacking weapons but are hopeful he will return in the coming weeks.

“Daniel Agresta is still missing through a knee tear,” he said.

“He is a pretty big miss as he was our top scorer.

“To the boys credit, they have really stepped it up in his absence.”

Despite their opposition being situated towards the bottom of the table, Papandera said no team can be taken lightly.

“They will put up a fight,” he said.

“We won’t be taking anything for granted and will be ready when the whistle blows.”

The game is set to kick off in Hanwood at 1pm on Sunday.