BLISTERING START: Despite suffering a broken wrist in the pre-season, Hawk Rich Findlay has booted 33 goals in his first four matches. PHOTO: Luke Plummer
Star goal kicker could line up at full back for Hawks
Written by By SCOTT ANDERSON.
HE might have kicked 33 goals in four matches so far this season, but North Wangaratta star Rich Findlay says there is every chance he could start at full back against King Valley tomorrow.
Findlay, who booted 120 goals last season, had a frustrating start to 2013 when he broke his wrist during a practice match against Beechworth in March.
But he wasted no time getting back on the field, lining up against Benalla six weeks later in round three.
While he was hampered by the weakness in his wrist, Findlay didnít show it, booting 10 goals on his return before snaring seven the next week against Greta.
"It wasnít a great way to start the year," Findlay said.
"I was struggling to watch the games and not be able to get out there.
"When I came back I had it taped up and was wearing a wrist guard Ė I was probably thinking more about my wrist than I was about the footy at that stage, and I was wary of how opponents would treat me.
"But once I got my first goal on the board my confidence went up, and from there it was just like it was the first game of the year and I was getting back into it."
Since then, Findlay has bagged another 16 goals, with hauls of nine against Bonnie Doon and seven versus Goorambat.