Box Hill Hawks have continued their undefeated season after a 64-point win over Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval on Sunday.
The playing style the Hawks showed was that of pure class, although the same can’t be said for the weather.
Both teams had to combat the varying weather with all four season in one day and freezing temperatures throughout the game, but it was Box Hill that didn’t allow the conditions to get the better of them, managing to apply enough scoreboard pressure in the early stages of the game.
“You want to make sure you come prepared and come with the mentality that you know it’s going to be wet,” Xavier Dimasi said.
“We had to get the footy forward early because we knew it was going to get wet, making things a lot tougher.”
The Hawks were able to dominate the first quarter with seven goals, however finding it a little more difficult in the second quarter only managing two goals. Dimasi put the change in standard down to the discipline and focus in the players.
“In the first quarter we were kicking with the wind which would have helped us a little bit but it was mainly because the boys expected the same to happen in the second quarter without the same amount of effort.”
Coach Matt Adolph addressed the issue at half time.
“Matt kept reinforcing three points of the game that he wanted us to focus on, to get the footy going our way and get it deep into our forward line and to continue to play one on one.”
The message was enough to change the attitude of the playing group and re focus them, as they came out a much more committed and hungry team again in the third quarter.
The development side has had multiple big wins this season, the players making sure they stay focused throughout the entirety of the game regardless of the margin.
“You have to take into perspective spots in the team and keep pushing for senior selection, spots in the side at the moment are very competitive. If you put in a four quarter performance, it will go along way to keeping your spot come the end of the year.”
“It doesn’t matter how much you win by if you get dropped the next week for a poor effort,” Dimasi said.
Todays all round team performance paid off as they ran away with the victory by 64-points. The Box Hill development side take on the Northern Blues this Saturday at Box Hill City Oval from 11am before the seniors take on Richmond at 2pm.
Box Hill Hawks: 7.5 9.8 12.10 15.12 (102
Werribee: 0.1 2.5 4.5 4.14 (38)
Goals: Williams 3, Jones 2, Traynor 2, Switkowski 2, Sullivan 2, Dimasi, Sheridan-Ferrie, Murphy, Franetic
Best: Murphy, Williams, Dimasi, Gibson, Monkhorst, Evans