Black Diamond AFL: Cardiff Hawks Coach Nathan Harkness Off To A Flyer

Black Diamond AFL: Cardiff Hawks Coach Nathan Harkness Off To A Flyer

New coach Nathan Harkness says his Cardiff Hawks are removed from "cherry ripe", regardless of their unbeaten start to the Black Diamond AFL competition.

Harkness has presided over a strong begin to the season for Cardiff, who pipped champions Newcastle City by 4 factors in the opening round then beat Nelson Bay and Warners Bay.

However he told the Herald on Friday that he expected his squad to carry out even higher once they had overcome a sequence of disruptions as a consequence of weddings, injury, research and the Groovin the Moo music festival on Saturday.

"We nonetheless have got a variety of improvement. We’ve received a few ins, a hell of plenty of outs," he said. "In all probability a couple of guys that shouldn’t be getting a game are getting a game because of the numbers. I think we’ve obtained 14 or 15 out from both sides this week.

"There’s a couple of underdone. We’re nowhere close to cherry ripe or anything like that."

One of many absentees for Saturday’s game towards perennial heavyweights Terrigal-Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval will likely be burly forward Cam Jones, who kicked three goals in the 26-level win over Warners Bay.

Harkness, who arrived in Newcastle in the summer from Geelong to replace Adam Dugan at Cardiff, said he was "having a ball" in his first season at the club.

"I’m getting good feedback from mother and father and mates and committee members, followers of Cardiff football club who're really happy with the way things are going," he said. "There’s a great buzz, and to be driving that's fairly important. It feels fairly good, to be honest."

Terrigal-Avoca have scored 265 factors and conceded solely ninety five in three dominant wins over Killarney Vale, City and Nelson Bay underneath another new coach, Mark Skuse.

Their back line has been imperious, stifling forwards and rebounding through the likes of Corey Billins, James Hart, Will McKellar and Alastair Richardson.

Elsewhere, City will chase their second win once they host Warners Bay, and Nelson Bay play Killarney Vale at Dick Burwell Oval.

Metropolis will sweat on the return of key forward Nick Gill and half-back flanker Jake Hartikainen. Max Quinlan (six objectives) and Abe Gibson (three) led the way in which up forward final week in a forty seven-point win over the Bombers.

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