Hawthorn coach Bec Goddard was thrilled to walk away with a third win of the season, triumphing over Port Adelaide by eight points at Kinetic Stadium on Sunday.
It capped off a big day of celebration for the brown and gold, following Emily Bates’ record-breaking 75th AFLW game and Akec Makur Chuot’s final game in front of her home fans.
But at the other end of the scale was Hawthorn’s budding youth, who make up most of Goddard’s developing team.
Speaking to the media post-game, the coach was delighted to not only bring up the win for Bates and Makur Chuot, but also for the young core who will make up the future of the Hawks.
“We really are a young team and you look at some of the games we had - a close one against Richmond, a close one in all bar one quarter against Freo, we were up against Brisbane at half-time when we played them so to put all of the good things that you’re seeing in those games and then together for four quarters and to then get the win is really important for young players,” Goddard said.
The players were tested during the game however, bouncing back after being down at the final change of the game.
Despite that, Goddard backed her players in to get the job done.
“There was a bit of a breeze with the wind and we had it in the last quarter and we had a plan for that,” she said.
“Sometimes it’s not pretty, you’ve just got to take the territory and find a way.
“Greta (Bodey) did her work today and just dragged the team over the line when they needed the help and that’s what she did, she did her job.”
Hawthorn will now begin preparations for its final game of the season at GMHBA Stadium against Geelong on Saturday night.
Watch Bec Goddard and Greta Bodey speak to the media below.