Complacency won’t creep in as Panthers prepare to pounce: Hewitt

GAME ON: Doug Hewitt and his Panthers face Blayney this weekend, they could move as high as second with a win.
GAME ON: Doug Hewitt and his Panthers face Blayney this weekend, they could move as high as second with a win.

Bathurst Panthers captain-coach Doug Hewitt is hoping complacency won’t creep in as his side hosts Group 10 premier league cellar-dwellers Blayney on Sunday afternoon, in the regular season’s final round.

Panthers are fourth and could jump to second if results fall in their favour, so there’s still plenty to play for.

“We’ve got a fair bit to play for so hopefully complacency doesn’t become a problem,” he said. 

“If a couple of results go our way, we need to be ready to pounce on that for sure.”

Panthers last played Blayney in June and were fortunate to walk away from King George Oval with a victory, although the Bears gave them a scare.

Hewitt’s confident of a better showing this time around though.

“Our sets are flowing a bit smoother. It’s just the little, one per centers we’ve improved on, like talking from the back and getting our sets off to a good start,” he said.

“Last week, once we got good ball out our game was much smoother. We weren’t panicking. 

“If we can start our sets well against Blayney, we can go a long way to getting the right result.

“Last game against Blayney, they jumped as at the start and had us on the back foot for most of the game.”

Kick-off is at Carrington Park from 1.45pm. 

  • BATHURST PANTHERS: 1 Josh Rivett 2 Andrew Mendes 3 Jye Barrow 4 Blake Lawson 5 Kade Barrow 6 Willie Wright 7 Doug Hewitt 8 Brent Seager 9 Nick Loader 10 Dane Thorogood 11 Blake Seager 12 Jack Siejka 13 Blake Hewitt; Bench: 14 Trent Hotham 15 Jed Betts 16 Kara Rotarangi 17 Luke Bain

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