The Box Hill Hawks Development side have been named the 2016 Premiers for the AFL Victoria Development League.
After a terrific season, the Hawks walked away 105-point winners in the Grand Final against the Casey Scorpions.
Dominating right from the start, Box Hill started the game with a seven goal to one first term. Taking only three minutes for the Hawks’ first goal, Matthew Traynor snapped one around the body to put the team on the scoreboard.
The second term saw Box Hill continue their form, again dominating Casey all over the ground and slotting seven goals to four respectively. Anthony Brolic was a standout for the quarter, kicking three goals and collecting nine disposals.
After the main break, the Hawks again continued their first-half momentum and kicked another seven goals in the third quarter. Sam Switkowski kicked two early goals to pile on the scoreboard pressure, with Matthew Traynor slotting another two goals to add to his tally for the day.
The final term saw a more even contest, with both teams kicking five majors. However, the Scorpions left their run too late, with Box Hill ending the day as champions.
Box Hill’s Billy Murphy was named Best on Ground for the day and spoke to boxhillhawks.com.au after the impressive win.
“It is an unbelievable feeling and there are really no words to describe it. Especially after last year’s Grand Final against Williamstown, it’s just the best feeling.”
“This individual medal I think I stole off Brolic but I’m pretty proud with my effort today. But obviously today was just all about the team performance and I think the effort the boys put in was unbelievable.”
“We play footy to be Premiers and that’s what we’ve achieved today. A lot of the guys who were a part of the loss last year still felt that today, but there was never any doubt in our minds today that we would walk away winners if we just stuck to our brand of footy.”
Box Hill: 7.3 14.7 21.11 26.16 (172)
Casey: 1.2 4.4 5.5 10.7 (67)
Box Hill: A. Brolic 6, M, Traynor 5, S. Switkowski 2, L. Langford 2, J. Summers 2, B. McIntyre, L. Kidd, X. Dimasi, J. Walker, S. Gibson, T. Gordon, J. Fisher, A. Kennedy, C. Glass
Casey: M. King 2, K. Wilson, M. Cox, T. Wyatt, T. Vander Haar, J. Anderson, J. Freeman
Box Hill: A. Brolic 28, C. O’Sullivan 27, J. Soccio 25, S. Switkowski 25, M. O’Donnell 24, B. McIntyre 24, W. Murphy 22, L. Kidd 22
Casey: K. Wilson 28, P. Pattison 22, J. Di Pasquale 20, B. Rutherford 17, D. Johnston 17