Hawks starlet boots six

07 March 2021 01:24:01 GMTPlus10

Hawthorn starlet Jacob Koschitzke staked a claim for a place in the Hawks side that will face Essendon in round one after booting six goals on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks put North Melbourne to the sword in the AAMI Community Series clash and the performance of Koschitzke was the main talking point after the game.

Just before the game Hawthorn were hit by the news key forward Mitch Lewis had to withdraw after suffering a back injury.

Head coach Alastair Clarkson is hopeful Lewis will make a swift recovery but he can sleep well knowing that he has a young gun more than capable of stepping up.

Koschitzke starred with six goals and addressing the media after the game Clarkson said he could have a tough decision for the Bombers clash.

"It's hard not to pick him when he's kicked six goals," Clarkson said of Koschitzke's chances of starting in round one.

"We'll wait and see what the balance of the side is. We play Essendon in round one and they'll play Geelong (on Saturday night) and we'll have a look at the balance of their side and try to determine what we'll do.

"But kicking six goals in the last trial game, it doesn't hurt when you're putting your hand up for selection in round one."

As for the injury to Lewis, Clarkson does not sound too concerned.

"He just had a back spasm in the warm-up," he added. "We're hoping that will settle OK, but it wasn't good enough for him today. Particularly on ground balls, he was OK in the air, but anything he needed to do on ground level wasn't any good for us. We thought, 'why take the risk?'

"Hopefully, with the two weeks, he'll be fit and firing and ready to go for round one."

Hawthorn are priced at 1000/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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