Hancocks on right path after taming Tigers

EVER the perfectionist, Jake Burns was more focused on getting everything right than the result.

However, he was pleased his Hancock Brothers A-grade team found a last-gasp winner to secure the mid-season final.

Hancocks beat Easts 3-2 after Josh Davies nailed the winning goal with 15 seconds remaining.

With Burns on the sideline coaching rather than playing on Sunday, it was another positive step for the youth-laden team.

It was also the second time this season Hancocks beat regular grand finalists Easts.

"We're going allright,'' the former international player said of Hancocks progress.

"We're not overconfident.

"We're working towards that end few weeks.''

As a former elite player, Burns is big on doing the little things right like following game plans, keeping structure and converting short corners.

However, he was encouraged with by the end result last weekend.

"Scoring with 15 seconds to go is not ideal but if it takes that long to score that last goal, I don't care,'' he said.

The teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after goals by Adam McClelland and Nathan Smith (Hancocks) and Steve Bayliss and Mark Llewelyn (Easts).

"We probably had 15 minutes in the second half where we went to sleep a little bit but the rest of it was was really good,'' he said.

"If we continue on our path, we should be there at the end of the year.''

However, always striving to get better, Burns warned his team to keep focused.

"These kids are young and it's hard to keep them in line,'' he said.

If anyone can, it's Burns.


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