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 Geelong Harkness says his Cardiff Hawks are removed from "cherry ripe", regardless of their unbeaten begin to the Black Diamond AFL competition.

Harkness has presided over a powerful start to the season for Cardiff, who pipped champions Newcastle Metropolis by four factors within the opening spherical then beat Nelson Bay and Warners Bay.

However he told the Herald on Friday that he anticipated his squad to perform even higher as soon as they had overcome a sequence of disruptions because of weddings, injury, examine and the Groovin the Moo music festival on Saturday.

"We nonetheless have gotten a lot of improvement. We’ve bought just a few ins, a hell of quite a lot of outs," he said. "Most likely just a few guys that shouldn’t be getting a game are getting a game because of the numbers. I think we’ve received 14 or 15 out from each sides this week.

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

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

Harkness, who arrived in Newcastle in the summertime from Geelong to exchange Adam Dugan at Cardiff, mentioned he was "having a ball" in his first season on the club.

"I’m getting good feedback from parents and mates and committee members, followers of Cardiff football club who are really pleased with the way in which things are going," he said. "There’s a superb buzz, and to be driving that's pretty important. It feels fairly good, to be honest."

Terrigal-Avoca have scored 265 points and conceded solely 95 in three dominant wins over Killarney Vale, Metropolis and Nelson Bay underneath another new coach, Mark Skuse.

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

Elsewhere, Metropolis will chase their second win when 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 goals) and Abe Gibson (three) led the best way up forward last week in a forty seven-level win over the Bombers.