Hawthorn VFLW Coach Cherie O’Neill says she is proud of her groups’ versatility and effort shown in the first half of the season.

The girls are set to take on Williamstown this Saturday fresh off a bye.

Prior to that, the brown and gold were riding the momentum of a six in-a-row winning streak.

With six games remaining in the home-and-away season prior to finals, the first-year coach said she was impressed by her team’s ability to keep improving every game.

“I’m really proud of the team – each week I challenge them to keep driving and playing our style of footy, which is proving more and more each week,” O’Neill said.

“We’ve got more versatility, we’re trying players in different positions which is fantastic.”

O’Neill said she was particularly proud of her side’s ability to demonstrate reliance and get the win despite on a couple of occasions being met with fightbacks from opposition.

“Mindset’s a real big one I think in women’s football,” O’Neill said.

“After they kicked that first goal in the last quarter (against the Saints) it could’ve gone either way, so I’m really impressed with the girls and how they turned that around.

“They really took it upon themselves to drive that last quarter – I couldn’t have asked for more.”

The side has won both of its two home games this year at Box City Oval, which O’Neill said was another pleasing aspect.

“The girls love it here,” she said.

“It’s got that homely feel about it, but I think again that versatility aspect, these girls will bring that attitude whatever venue you go to.

“They’re just an awesome group – the coaches and support staff can’t speak highly enough, it’s fantastic.”

O’Neill said the focus now coming back from the break would be to continue to build on what was already in place.

“I still think we can grow and develop more in that area and just really focus on the fundamentals and getting the small things right,” she said.

The Hawks currently sit in third place on the ladder on a 7-1 record, behind Casey Demons and Essendon.

Hawthorn will meet the Williamstown Seagulls for the first time this year on Saturday at Williamstown Oval at 2pm.




Round 9

Saturday April 23, 2.00pm

vs Williamstown


Round 10

Sunday May 1, 11.35am

vs Casey Demons


Round 11

Sunday May 8, 2.00pm

vs Port Melbourne


Round 12

Sunday May 15, 11.30am

vs Essendon


Round 13

Saturday May 21, TBC

vs Darebin


Round 14

Saturday May 28, TBC

vs Williamstown