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SEASON REVIEW: Round 1-4

📁 News 🕔25.September 2017
SEASON REVIEW: Round 1-4

In the first part of our season re-cap we’ll begin at the start. Why not?

Our first month was all about road trips, resilience and an attack lead by the big boys.

Round One v Footscray (Away)

Following a pre-season littered with close finishes and heart-stopping finales we should’ve known what was coming in round one.

As it was, we didn’t have to wait too long for one of the matches, performances and wins of the season, with the reigning premier a terrific test and scalp first up.

A terrific contest all day, David Mirra was at his inspirational best, Jack Fitzpatrick posed a consistent threat in the air and on the deck and Dallas Willsmore settled things with little more than a minute to play.

It was a searching examination of the playing group’s ability to dig in and find a way to win when the going gets tough. Each time they got away to a lead the Doggies dragged themselves back into it; each time they needed a goal they found it; each time the defence needed to stand tall it did.

It was to become apparent that this side’s will to win, desire to play for one another and indomitable spirit would take it far.

Box Hill      4.1   8.4   11.4   15.5 (95)
Footscray   
2.2   5.5   11.8   14.9 (93)

Goals: Switkowski 3, Jones 3, Fitzpatrick 2, Willsmore, Cousins, Brolic, N. Evans, Stewart, Lewis, Hams

Best: Mirra, Fitzpatrick, Stewart, O’Rourke, Willsmore, Switkowski

Round Two v Coburg (Home)

A first quarter onslaught laid the foundation for a crushing win, with the Box Hill City Oval faithful treated to an attacking masterclass that’ll live long in the memory. It’s rare you can be comfortable entering time on of the first quarter, but then again, it’s rare that you’re eight goals up by that time.

It was a case of the land of the giants, with a versatile band of Hawks talls proving too talented, too quick and too good for the Lions.

The brown and gold saw telling contributions from man of the match Jack Fitzpatrick, debutant Ty Vickery, developing forwards Chris Jones and Mitch Lewis, Ryan Schoenmakers and Marc Pittonet.

But whilst the big men stole the show, the little guys certainly played their part, with Teia Miles amongst his team’s best, new recruit Will Hams kicking two goals and Hawthorn youngster Harry Morrison again impressing with an equal team-high 28 touches.

69-points down at the first change, the Lions gave a better account of themselves in the second term, kicking six goals to two to suggestion unlikely comeback might be on the cards, but by day’s end the margin was again over ten goals and the Hawks retained the ANZAC Cup.

Box Hill   11.3   13.4   16.6   20.8 (128)
Coburg     0.0   6.3   7.6   9.8 (62)

Goals: Fitzpatrick 5, Vickery 3, Lewis 2, Hams 2, Jones 2, N Evans, Miles, Warren, Cousins, Brolic, Willsmore

Best: Fitzpatrick, Pittonet, Whitecross, Miles, Mirra, Schoenmakers

Round Three v Williamstown (Away)

The trip to Williamstown is about as certain an away game as any football. It’ll be windy and the Seagulls will give you an almighty test.

So it was in round three, when we journeyed to Point Gellibrand and put our perfect start to the year on the line.

The match saw the debut of Box Hill recruit Andrew Moore, who endured a delayed start to his 2017 season following injury in the pre-season. The former Power and Tigers player produced a tidy display first up, winning plenty of ball at the coalface and taking his first step towards VFL Team of the Year honours.

Ultimately, it was a game decided by Box Hill’s ability to limit the damage when kicking into Burbank Oval’s remarkable breeze. The Hawks outscored the Seagulls in the first and third quarters despite kicking against the wind, before surging over the top of the hosts in a devastating final quarter.

Nelson Lane made his debut, kicking a vital goal, whilst former Crow Ricky Henderson also figured for the first time, providing two enormous goals in the final term – one of which he kicked from basically the water’s edge on the grandstand side of the ground.

Harry Morrison showed his fine start to the season wasn’t about to end, knocking up a season-high 29 touches and being named his team’s best on the day.

It was also a case of three from three for skipper and reigning Col Austen Trophy winner David Mirra, who was again named in his side’s best players.

Box Hill               3.1   5.3   8.7   13.12 (90)
Williamstown    2.3   7.9   8.11   8.14 (62)

Goals: Vickery 3, Henderson 2, Fitzpatrick, Lewis, Stewart, Lane, Schoenmakers, Miles, Hams, Duryea

Best: Morrison, Mirra, Whitecross, Vickery, N Evans, O’Rourke

Round Four v Geelong (Away)

Another away day, our third in four weeks, took us down the highway and to sleepy hollow for another instalment of one of the game’s great rivalries: the Hawks vs the Cats.

Though we were better side for large parts of the contest and threatened to break away at various points of a tight and tough first half, inclement weather made a real game of it.

Will Hams proved his worth with a wonderful display of hard running, contested ball-winning football, which included one absolutely vital goal when the Cats were threatening for the lead.

Two, ten and thirteen points up the breaks, Vickery and Fitzpatrick would catch fire in the last to ensure the Hawks won all four quarters and the match by a resounding seven goals.

The day is memorable for more than the performance that netted a hard fought and thoroughly deserved win, too, with our ladies making their VFLW bow in the second match of a double header.

And the half-time siren, of course, how could we forget that? A glitch in the Kardinia Park public address system saw – or heard – the siren to resume play in the second half sound for in excess of ten minutes. Funny stuff. Annoying, but funny.

Oh, and Dave Mirra? In the best again.

Box Hill   2.4   6.6   7.8   14.11 (95)
Geelong   2.2   5.2   6.5   8.5 (53)

Goals: Vickery 3, Fitzpatrick 2, Lane 2, Switkowski 2, Brolic, Schoenmakers, Hanrahan, Henderson, Hams

Best: Mirra, Vickery, Henderson, Fitzpatrick, Hams, Whitecross

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