Hawks’ Heta gunning to ensure he’s fit for finals after missing Oberon loss

SIDELINED: Hawks captain-coach Willie Heta is trying to make sure he's fit for the finals. He's pictured here having a run against CYMS a fortnight ago, just seconds before suffering a knee injury. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN
SIDELINED: Hawks captain-coach Willie Heta is trying to make sure he's fit for the finals. He's pictured here having a run against CYMS a fortnight ago, just seconds before suffering a knee injury. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

You could almost see the shivers run down the Hawks’ faithfuls’ spines when captain-coach Willie Heta went down with a knee injury inside the opening 10 minutes of the Group 10 premier league all-Orange derby a fortnight ago.

No wonder, he’s been an almost-stoppable force from five-eighth this year.

He toughed out the remaining 70 minutes of the game but was visibly hampered, which did alleviate a lot of fears surrounding the injury.

But it still kept him out of Sunday’s loss to Oberon, the two blues looked substantially less organised and less threatening without him, and it could keep him out for longer too.

“The physios said said weeks, but they’ll always give you the worst case scenario I think,” Heta said after Sunday’s loss, confirming a medial cruciate ligament injury.

“I gave it until (Saturday) before deciding to not play (against Oberon), not sure on next week. It’s more important I’m playing in the finals than the last couple of regular season games though I think.”

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