Young Hawks fly into CQ series final
AARON Brown and his Central Highlands Hawks under-21s had never tasted the spoils of victory against a Rockhampton side prior to this season.
Now they are going for their second win against the "old enemy" of the season and have the chance to wipe away all the years of heartbreak.
There is a feeling around Hawks camp that they have been steadily building up until this moment, instilling a sense of confidence for their skipper.
"Our history is pretty negative against Rocky, we have lost consistently for years against them but this is our first win this year ever against a Rocky side that I can remember," Brown said.
"Our opens have but as long as I have been playing, since juniors, we haven't beaten them, so it's a pretty big step up for us.
"We have been playing in this comp since we were 15 and we are all getting towards 18-19 and I think we are ready.
"I am quietly confident and I believe in our side, we have grown and matured together.
"We are expecting a pretty good tussle, we are looking to repeat our win against them and win the final for the first time."
With a stacked bowling line-up Brown challenged himself to pull his weight and return to the fire.
"I need to pull myself out of the gutter and grab a few wickets, I need to improve and lead from the front," he said.
"We are going in with a very strong bowling line-up, bringing in Joey Pratt to help spearhead the side is a boost.
"We just need to bowl tight again, we kept them down to like 90 runs and just drowned them out the first game. So we will try for that again.
"Gladstone pitches are usually a bit sluggish… I do like to get runs on the board but I feel like bowling first is much more suited to our side and chasing the game."
Hawks U21s teamsheet
Aaron Brown (c) (Bros)
Joey Pratt (Bros)
Josh Brown (Bros)
Nick Stallard (Bros)
Bailey Jackson (Bros)
David Boyes (Clermont)
Matt Hicks (Clermont)
Mitch Wharley (Clermont)
Guy Murden (Magpies)
Phil Bullivant (Magpies)
Byron Gale (Magpies)