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Andrew Moore: Eyes On The Prize

📁 sportsman 🕔10.May 2017
Andrew Moore: Eyes On The Prize

New to Box Hill City Oval in the off-season and back on the park following a stint on the sidelines, former Richmond and Port Adelaide midfielder Andrew Moore brings an impressive resume and outstanding skillset to a team out to prove 2016 was the exception, not the rule.

Strong in the contest, able to read the play in front of or behind the ball, and clean hands on the deck and overhead mean Moore is capable of rolling through the midfield, pinch-hitting at halfback or roaming the forward line.

Simply, this new Hawk is eminently qualified – and willing – to be a handy Mr. Fix-It for new coach Chris Newman.

“I have played the majority of my football through the midfield, but with so many players going through it’s important I spend time in the forward line and across half back,” Moore says.

A veteran of sixty AFL games, Box Hill’s new number two was elevated to the Club’s leadership group on the back of a strong pre-season, during which his training standards set an example for all of his teammates.

For Moore’s part, he embraces the notion that he’s just as valuable to the Hawks’ development off the field as he is on it.

“I learnt a lot from my seven years in the AFL system from some of the elite and I’m hoping I can use that to help my teammates on and off the field.

“I pride myself on my performance and setting an example for younger players, as I believe that’s the best way to earn respect, lead and mentor the rest of the playing group.”

Despite making plenty of early gains, it wasn’t long before injury sidelined the former top ten draft pick, meaning he had an unwanted opportunity to show his younger teammates how to rehab a challenging set-back.

“I had a great pre-season, but unfortunately in our second practice match against Casey I strained my medial.”

The injury saw Moore sidelined for the Hawks’ first two home and away matches, but he returned in time to play an important part in Box Hill’s round three win away to Williamstown.

“It was very frustrating at the time, but it’s feeling very strong and stable. I was really happy with how it pulled up after the match against Williamstown.”

After fifteen touches against the Seagulls, Moore’s output against the Cats ought to have Hawks fans excited.

Twenty-two disposals, a game-high eight clearances, six inside 50s, six rebound 50s and a handful of dangerous forays forward provided a glimpse of how versatile, calming and damaging he can be.

Pleasingly, the knee pulled up well again.

With a strong pre-season in the bank, a perfect start to the year under their belts and the visit of his former club to Box Hill City Oval this weekend, Moore doesn’t hesitate when defining what success looks like for him and the Club in 2017.

“We’ve built the pre-season around challenging for a premiership.

“Box Hill is a great club with a long history and being here I understand why they have had the success they have,

“Obviously 2016 wasn’t at the level the Club would have wanted, but playing in consecutive Grand Finals in 2013-2015 is where I want to be and I’m committed to us achieving similar results this year.

“It’s important we continue playing our brand of football if that’s what we want to accomplish.”

Away from footy, Moore has one eye on life after the final siren.

“I’m working alongside Matt Thomas and Daniel Stewart (teammates at Port Adelaide).”

The pair have opened two gyms under their Gymmy Squatz banner – one in South Yarra and the other in Prahran, if you’re in the area and interested in signing up – which meshes perfectly with Moore’s studies.

“At the moment I’m finishing off my fitness qualification and am about half way trhough a business management degree.”

But in the immediate term his focus cannot be swayed. A key addition on and off field, Moore shapes as an important piece of a jigsaw puzzle that both Club and player hopes will include September football and, of course, premiership glory.

“It’s a long season and even though we’ve had a good start we need to keep improving if we want to compete for the cup.”

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