AFL Hall of Fame inductee Terry Wallace says Hawthorn’s favourable upcoming round of fixtures could see them jump into finals contention – if they’re good enough.
Hawthorn face a number of sides in the bottom eight over the next two months in what could potentially give them an edge over other clubs fighting for a top eight position.
The former Western Bulldogs and Richmond coach believes Saturday night’s clash against Adelaide could be the springboard for a fruitful eight-week period for the Hawks.
“We know that doesn’t guarantee anything but you would rather have a reasonable draw than not,” Wallace told SEN Afternons.
“This is who they’ve got in the next eight weeks not in order: they play 18th, 17th, 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 10th and 9th.
“In eight weeks they don’t play a side inside the top eight, and that leaves them three games to go and one of those three games in the middle is St Kilda.
“So they’ve got two games for the rest of the year against top eight sides.
“That draw gives them plenty of opportunities to do what they need to do in the back half of the year.
“They can make up ground very quickly if they don’t shoot themselves in the foot in the months that they have got coming up.”
The three-time premiership Hawk says the recent defeat to lowly outfit Brisbane suggests that Alastair Clarkson’s side are no certainties to capitalise on the seemingly good draw.
“I’ve got still got some question marks,” Wallace added.
“I had them just inside my top eight, but you can’t back them in when they lose a game to Brisbane comfortably in Brisbane, you can’t just guarantee and factor in that yes they are going to be good enough.
“Like Melbourne at the moment, we want to see them beat a really good side, but they bash up on the sides that they should beat.
“Hawthorn have got to get that attitude into them.”
Hawthorn sit a game outside the top eight and will look to celebrate the 350th game of champion Shaun Burgoyne with a win against the Crows this Saturday night at the MCG.
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