05/03/2024
It was this young gun who came away with victory in Tasmania on Sunday

Jacob Koschitzke had a day out with five goals and the win, over Adelaide. Picture @HawthornFC on Twitter.

The footy world may have been watching a Crows debutant, but it was Hawthorn's young gun in Jacob Koschitzke that took the spoils in Tasmania.

The debut of Riley Thilthorpe for Adelaide may have garnered significant attention, but it was Hawthorn’s own young gun in Jacob Koschitzke that took the spoils in Tasmania over Thilthorpe and the Crows.

Coach Alastair Clarkson was full of praise for his young side who “found a way.”

“We dug in and found a way,” Clarkson said post game.

“We’ll take the win and move on to next week against the Saints.”

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The return to Tasmania was a happy homecoming for Alastair Clarkson’s men, with Hawthorn coming from behind to record victory.

Young gun Jacob Koschitzke, not only took the spoils of the match down in Tasmania, but finished with five goals, after no goals the week before.

Clarkson praised his competitive efforts.

“Koschitzke played a really good game- and he played a good game last week, but he didn’t kick a goal,” he said.

“Sometimes you know, it just lands in your lap, other times you’ve gotta compete but in both games, he’s competed really well.”

While the young guns were firing for Hawthorn, it was the veteran Shaun Burgoyne who had his day ended early with an ankle injury.

Clarkson provided an update on his condition.

“The docs took a while to determine exactly what was wrong with his ankle,” he said.

“He must have been really close to being able to return to play.

“We’re hoping it’s not too significant, but the docs took across the last part of the second quarter and half time to work out exactly what was wrong there.

“He just couldn’t have the power through that ankle that he likes.

“So we’ll get that assessed during the week.”

With a short turnaround to St Kilda next Saturday, Clarkson is cautious about rushing the veteran, the incredible 400 game milestone within his grasp.

“I always say the fact that a player can’t return to the field would probably put him in doubt for next week,” he said.

“And given it’s a six-day break, I’d expect he wouldn’t come up for next week.

“We’ll hopefully get a good result on the scan and see where it takes us over the next week or two.”

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