2016 Col Austen Trophy Preview

This Friday night the Box Hill Hawks will name the Best and Fairest players of the 2016 season at the Col Austen Trophy night.

boxhillhawks.com.au takes a look at who might be in the running to be voted the winner in a season that saw the VFL side place 10th and the Development side crowned 2016 Premiers.


Col Austen Trophy (Best and Fairest VFL Player)


Max Warren

Warren’s first year with Box Hill saw him slip straight into the Senior side, managing a total of 17 games for the year.  He was also selected to play in the VFL state side in Adelaide against the SANFL.

With past experience on an AFL list, Warren was a strong addition to the backline and cemented his place in the side in Round 1. 2016 saw Warren named in the best players on 5 occasions.


David Mirra

The Hawks’ Captain had another outstanding year in 2016, playing 18 games for a total of 12 mentions in the team’s best players. Mirra is yet to win a Box Hill Best and Fairest.

Placing 2nd in last year’s Best and Fairest count, Mirra will be looking to go one step further this year to take out the Col Austen Trophy.


Kade Stewart

Hawthorn-listed Stewart was another consistent contributor to the VFL side in 2016, playing 14 games, kicking 16 goals and laying 77 tackles for the season.

Stewart’s impressive form earned him three AFL games in 2016, experiences that benefited Box Hill on his return.


Kurt Heatherley

Heatherley proved an explosive addition to the Hawk’s backline this season in his 17 games, being named in the VFL team’s best afield in 6 of those matches.

Demonstrating his aggressive hunt for the football and impressive marking skills meant a call-up to Hawthorn’s AFL side in Round 20 against Melbourne.


Sam Iles

Reaching 150 VFL games in his last season in the brown and gold, Iles continued to play his hard, contested brand of footy.

Playing a total of 18 games, the Box Hill Vice-Captain consistently featured in the side’s best players, showing leadership in a tough season through his on-field actions.


Development Best and Fairest


Sam Switkowski

Switkowski had a breakout year this season, proving his midfield prowess with consistent game-high tackle numbers, including a massive 17 tackles in Round 17 in the VFL side.

Switkowski featured in both the Development and VFL teams this year, playing 9 and 10 games respectively, and featuring in the best on field 14 times out of 19.


Billy Murphy

2016 has been a successful year for Murphy, demonstrated by placing Runner-Up in the A. Todd Medal count and being named the best player in Box Hill’s Development League Grand Final win.

Although playing only 13 games in the Development League, Murphy kicked 14 goals and was named in the Hawks’ best players 4 times. Murphy’s impressive form in the Development side warranted a call-up to the VFL side in Round 7 against the Casey Scorpions.


Xavier Dimasi

Dimasi was another Box Hill player to break into the VFL senior side this year, making his debut in Round 17 against eventual Premiers Footscray.

Playing 15 games for the Development team in 2016, Dimasi kicked a total of 16 goals, cementing his role as a scoring target for the Hawks.


Anthony Brolic

In his first season at the Box Hill Hawks, Brolic proved to be a major ball winner and showed his ability to play football at Senior level with seven appearances in the VFL competition.

With a total of 12 matches in the Development side, Brolic was named in Box Hill’s best 5 times, including a performance that saw him kick 6 goals in the Grand Final win over Casey.


Aaron Bond

Bond had a standout year for the Hawks, cementing his spot in the Development team’s backline.

Playing 17 matches for the year, Bond was part of Box Hill’s best 6 times, playing his best game in Round 16’s 108-point win against Sandringham.




Photo: Jenny Owens Photography

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