IT worked for the Dogs of War in the 1980s and it’s now working a treat for Orange Hawks.
Calling on father and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs great Peter Mortimer in the week leading into Sunday’s major semi-final clash with Orange CYMS to help run a re-fresher session with the two blues, Tim Mortimer knew his side’s defence needed a tune up.
And it got just that as Hawks held on to win 12-11, withstanding a barrage of CYMS attacking raids for the better part of the first stanza to eventually run out one-point victors after a Brock McGarity penalty goal right on full-time.
“We realised we had a problem with our defence and I got my old man to help out with some Bulldogs stuff and we got the discipline back into our game,” Mortimer said after the classic major semi-final encounter.
“Just that camaraderie and care for each other, just the fact we’re doing it for us and where we’ve come from and where we want to be.
“If that’s in the back of our mind in a game like this, you’re going to go that extra step or put your hand up for that run.”
Refusing to take any of the credit for Sunday’s win, Mortimer senior said he was more than happy to again help with training as Hawks prepare for the club’s first grand final since 2003.
“It worked then so I don’t see why it won’t work now,” Peter said looking back at some of Canterbury’s old tricks.
“It’s just about freshening them up and giving them a session that was a bit out of the ordinary. And keeping it competitive at training.
“I won’t take any of the credit for it though. Tim has done a fantastic job with them this year.
“I didn’t do much, it was just a freshen up.”
Whatever it was, it worked.
And following the one-point win, Mortimer junior knew it.
“If we played like we had been for the last month, CYMS probably would have scored those tries,” he said.
“I really hope they make it through so we can have another good game in two weeks and that’ll be the be all and end all.
“It’s been a good season for us so far. We’ve worked hard and made it to the grand final, which everyone at the club is stoked about.”
The first year captain-coach said his side will relish the week off as CYMS go head-to-head with defending premiers Lithgow Workies at Wade Park to see who books the final place in this year’s grand final.
“I think that week off is a good thing for us,” he said,
“We’ll enjoy the next two weeks because that’s what footy is about. We’ll really come together.”