Box Hill Through To Grand Final

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”″][vc_column_text]THE Box Hill Hawks are through to their third consecutive Grand Final after a thrilling seven point win over Sandringham at North Port Oval on Saturday.

The first quarter looked as though the Hawks had the game in the bag, going into the first break with a 29-point lead.

But Sandringham had other plans…

As the game went on Sandringham reduced the margin – at three quarter time there was only 11 points separating the two sides.

Throughout the game the Hawks remained composed and stuck to their game plan, never letting the pressure wear them down.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and the only way to come out at the end with a win was to keep our heads in the game and continue to play the way we know we can play,” said Marc Lock.

With 15 minutes played in the final term the Zebras got on top of Box Hill by one point. The Hawks responded with a point to tie the scores at the 20 minute mark.

“It’s as much about the mental side as it is your physical ability. You are going to get run down at times and that’s when you need to remain focused. Every guy on the field wearing brown and gold did just that,” Lock said.

The crowd was on the edge of their seats. The Hawks managed to put the ball through for a behind and it was still anyone’s game to win.

The ball was kicked into a two-on-two contest in the Hawks forward 50. Will Langford broke from his player, picked the ball up and ran into an open goal square goal for Box Hill.

With 28 minutes played Box Hill players, coaches, staff and fans were praying for the final siren. With a seven point lead the siren was music to the ears of the Box Hill Hawks.

Although Sandringham were able to win the final three quarters, Box Hill’s strong start and persistence throughout the game got them over the line in the end.

The Hawks claimed victory over Sandringham to take them through to the 2015 Peter Jackson VFL Grand Final for the third consecutive year.

“We will start our recovery now and head down to the beach then on Tuesday we will have a look at some things we can work on going into Sunday’s game,” said Lock

“Our preparation for next weekend’s game is the key to a successful end to the season. We have to enjoy this moment, enjoy the win and then continue the momentum into the Grand Final.”

Box Hill will play Williamstown in the Grand Final on Sunday at Etihad Stadium from 3.00pm.

Final Score:

Box Hill Hawks: 5.6 7.7 10.12 12.17 (89)

Sandringham: 1.1 5.5 9.7 12.10 (82)

Goals: Sicily 3, Lock 2, Anderson 2, Lawlor, Grimley, Spangher, Langford, Willsmore

Best: Spangher, Evans, Collins, Sicily, Simpkin, Lock


Photo credit: Jenny Owens [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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