The VFLW Hawks have reached a pivotal moment in their season with only four rounds of home and away matches left for the year.
However, the girls are hopeful as their fixture for the remainder of the season opens the door of possibility into entering the top six, and keeping the finals dreams alive.
Next Saturday the Hawks take on Darebin Falcons at Box Hill City Oval. The last time these teams matched up was in Round 2 at the Falcons' home ground at La Trobe University.
On that occasion, Hawthorn defeated Darebin by 23 points – their most decisive win of the season.
The Hawks are hoping for another win against the Falcons on Saturday, as statistically Darebin have been the weakest team in the competition this year.
Darebin’s only win came against North Melbourne back in Round 6, and they have conceded more points than any other team – 486 – at an average of 54 per game.
The Falcons have struggled to contain the offensive power of their opposition so far this season.
Over the last three weeks, opposition sides have scored 58, 75, 93, (averaging over 75 points) while Darebin has only managed scores of 24, 11 and 34 themselves.
Despite facing significant losses this season, the Hawks have celebrated small victories throughout their campaign and have seen improvement throughout the year.
Most recently, Hawks pushed finals hopefuls Southern Saints all day despite ultimately going down by only two goals.
The previous week, Hawthorn took on Williamstown and was victorious by 16 points.
The Hawks will be relying on their impenetrable forward line to keep the Falcons contained on Saturday.
Jessie Williams – Hawks number one goal kicker for the season with seven goals to her name after nine matches - will be a pivotal part of that line-up.
She’ll be joined by experienced teammates Kristy Stratton and Tam Luke (both former AFLW), who have been building chemistry in the last few weeks and have proven their strength against the opposition.
The fixture for the rest of the season is geared in the Hawks favour, with some winnable matches ahead of them.
Still to come is Williamstown - previously beaten by Hawthorn and who lost against Collingwood by 67 points in Round 9. North Melbourne is also still on the cards - they most recently lost their match against Casey Demons by 42 points.
The Hawks will need to rally in order to make it into the top six, but with some exciting games ahead of them, their dreams of finals glory may still be in reach.