Two Hawthorn gamers went at it in a “little punch-on” on the Hawks’ pre-season coaching camp in Morwell, however the membership’s younger leaders declare the altercation was all a part of the plan for 2023.
Sam Butler and James Sicily reportedly locked horns throughout a match sim session on Thursday because the Hawks drilled down on their quick and aggressive model of soccer.
Having fun with a return to the Morwell membership the place he performed his junior footy, Changkuoth Jiath stated teammates weren’t uncomfortable after seeing their seemingly captain’s tiff with Butler.
“It’s simply the aggressive nature right here on the Hawks; it’s one thing that we’re actually making an attempt to develop – simply enjoying actually onerous and attacking footy,” Jiath stated.
“Being actually bodily, it’s an identification we’re beginning to type right here at coaching.
“We’re not going to take it outdoors of coaching, clearly, however it’s simply one thing that we’re actually beginning to convey into our sport much more … and it’s good to have a bit of punch-on once in a while,” he stated with a smile.
Jiath stated he was embracing his new-found seniority on the membership, together with his 37 video games making him the 14th most skilled participant on the Hawks’ checklist following an low season which noticed the departure of Ben McEvoy, Liam Shiels and Jack Gunston together with midfield duo Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O’Meara.
“I don’t really feel the stress; it’s simply one thing I’ve all the time wished to develop as a child, filling that management position, seeing as if I’m clearly one of many older guys now,” he stated.
“I’m beginning to type a very good identification in talking up and main the backline group as nicely.”
Jai Newcombe, who grew up in Poowong, 45 minutes’ drive from the Hawks’ camp, stated he was additionally unfazed by his new accountability because the chief of the on-ball brigade.
“(The accountability) sits fairly comfortably; I feel we’ve received vary of fellows in there which are very happy to take that load,” Newcombe stated.
Requested whether or not he and Jiath would run for spots in Hawthorn’s management group for 2023, Newcombe stated they’d “like to be placing their arms up” however wouldn’t be making an attempt to “pressure” something.
The brand new Hawks’ no. 3 stated he was stunned to see so many children sporting his former no. 44 guernsey at coaching in Morwell.
“There’s a little bit of guilt there,” he stated.
“I’ve had a have a look at a little bit of imaginative and prescient once in a while and I’m fairly proud of how (the brand new quantity) seems to be on the again.”
Choose 18 Josh Weddle continued to impress on the monitor in Morwell, after he received the membership’s 4 consecutive one kilometre time trials in January.
“He’s a tough working man – I feel he’s going to be actually particular for us,” Jiath stated.