Wolves find inspiration from Hawks

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The South Coast Wolves need only look next door for the inspiration to end their early season slump on Sunday.

After two straight losses, the Wolves meet Sydney Olympic at WIN Stadium in desperate need of a win.

But before they kick-off, all eyes in Wollongong will be on the Entertainment Centre for the Hawks's massive playoffs clash with the Perth Wildcats.

The Hawks also started their season with two losses, including a massive 20-point defeat first-up, but have found themselves as an unlikely finals hope.

Wolves coach Richard Lloyd believes the Wolves can look to emulate that turnaround to spark their own season.

"I think Wollongong has been brought up on that against-the-odds mentality," Lloyd said.

"Look at the Dragons also, they were pretty heavily written off at the start of the year and they have started like a house on fire and playing good football.

"We most definitely draw on the strength of our sporting brothers to try and raise the bar in our particular plight."

Lloyd feels blessed to have an unchanged side for the match.

"This is the first week in about nine to 10 games counting last year that I have been able to put the starting 11 that I had the week before on the park," Lloyd said.

"It is a massive bonus and our reserves are fit and healthy."

The biggest bonus for the Wolves would be three valuable points on the park.

Lloyd does not expect they will come easy, after going down to Olympic in pre-season.

"They are a younger side and they are very mobile, very good on the ball," Lloyd said.

" ... we are going to have to be on our toes like we were last week against Sutherland.

"But we are going to have to maintain for longer periods of time than we did in the second half."

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