Development Squad Cement their Place on Top of the Ladder

Box Hill’s Development Squad has finished the home and away season with a 20-point win over Casey, cementing their spot on top of the VFL Development League ladder.

It was Jordan Walker who was first to put a mark on the scoreboard, quickly followed by a second with a snap around his body deep inside 50 to score Box Hill’s second major for the day.

Setting up well defensively, the Hawks managed to shut down Casey’s ball movement limiting them to just four inside 50’s for the quarter compared to Box Hill’s 14. This strong performance early in the game lead to Box Hill finishing the first term with a 16-point lead.

Stepping up their pressure on the ball carrier, Casey matched the Hawks intensity early on in the second quarter. Casey were given room to move and moved the ball freely around City Oval, out marking the Hawks 30-18.  However, rebounding defenders Sam Gibson and Connor Glass were proving pivotal to the Hawks in the back half of the ground limiting Casey’s forward entry.

Casey were moving the ball smoothly out of the Hawks forward 50, however Patrick Lawlor’s forward pressure proved vital as he kicked his first for the day. On the other hand, Casey were quick to respond, as they booted 3 goals narrowing the margin to seven points by half time.

With six of Casey’s seven first half scoring opportunities coming from Box Hill’s errors, the boys took to the field for the second half focused and determined to not let Casey push past. Anthony Brolic and Liam Kidd both stepped up their hunt for the ball winning 6 of Box Hill’s 11 clearances between them in the third quarter.

Winning the clearances and connecting well across their forward 50 saw the Hawks run away from Casey. Excellent decision-making by Lachlan Langford and Patrick Lawlor saw Box Hill with 15 scoring opportunities for the third term with eight becoming marks on the scoreboard.

Casey hit the field in the final term determined to claw back, as they booted the first two goals of the quarter within ten minutes. With Box Hill struggling to clear the ball out of Casey’s forward 50 it was a tense start to the quarter. However, Patrick Lawlor kicked his 3rd early on to swing the momentum in Box Hill’s favour.  The Hawks held on defensively and were able to keep their lead at the final siren.

Keeping Casey at bay means the Hawks managed to keep their top spot finishing with a 20-point victory. Looking ahead to next week, Box Hill will be travelling to Casey Fields to play for a spot in the Development League Grand Final as they take on Casey Scorpions. Make sure you’re at Casey Fields from 11:00am to cheer the boys on!

 

FINAL SCORES

 

BOX HILL4.5  5.9  9.13  11.14  (80)

CASEY2.1  5.2  6.4  9.6  (60)

 

 

MAJOR BALL WINNERS

 

BOX HILLA. Brolic 31, J. Soccio 24, L. Kidd 20, M. Traynor 20, P. Lawlor 20

CASEYD. Collis 25, k. Wilson 24, J. McDonald 22, B. Rutherford 21, J. Moncrieff 21

 

GOAL KICKERS

 

BOX HILLP. Lawlor 3, J. Walker 2, J. Firns 2, M. Traynor, J. Summers, C. Glass, J. Miller-Lewis

CASEYJ. Freeman 2, M. King 2, B. Fritsch 2, D. Collis, K. Wilson, T. Wyatt,

 

Photo credit: Jenny Owens Photography

 

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