Hanwood taking on Yoogali FC Two in GDFA AAM

Hanwood has had to make a tough call heading into the weekend with player unavailability making a trip to play the State Cup not possible and have had to forfeit their clash with Mr P FC.

Coach Jason Bertacco said the club was upset up the decision.

“We only had eight players fit,” he said.

“We lost four with injuries from last weekend's game, and there is a big wedding on this weekend, so it has just made it too hard to get a squad together for the weekend.

“In the last two years, we have been semi-finalists last year and quarterfinalist the year before so it's disappointing not to play again.”

Despite not being able to field a side for the State Cup side they will instead play their GDFA game against Yoogali FC Two and look to bounce back from a loss in their grand final rematch, and Bertacco knows where his side needs to improve.

“Rather than just getting down and keeping things very simple and keeping to things we had worked on we decided to go away from that when things went against us,” he said.

“Flicks and tricks don't come off for 90 minutes in a game you have to get down and play simple football. Yoogali were better at that than us.

“We are behind the eight-ball now in regards to playing numbers so it will be good to see how we bounce back after last week's result.”

There were injuries to two key players out of the clash with their, but Bertacco isn’t sure how severe the injuries are at this stage.

“Andy (Gamble) has hurt his knee after he got tackled pretty decently on the weekend, so he is going to get it checked out,” he said.

“Fingers crossed it isn't anything too serious.

“Adam Close who has been one of our top two or three players at the start of the season hurt his back a bit, so we will just wait and see because he has had back dramas before.”

Hanwood has an idea of what to expect from the Yoogali FC Two side after they played Hanwood Blue last weekend.

“They are young and energetic they get around pretty well,” he said.”

“You have to be very wary of them because they broke away a few times last week in the game that we saw against our number two team, and they were pretty dangerous on that counter-attack. They scored one goal from it and probably could have had another two.”

The game will get underway at Yellowtail Park at 1pm.

Andy Gamble is in doubt this weekend after a knee injury picked up against Yoogali SC

Andy Gamble is in doubt this weekend after a knee injury picked up against Yoogali SC