Development Squad Continue their Winning Streak

Leading at every turn, the Box Hill Hawks Development Squad managed to continue their winning streak in Saturday night’s clash against the Casey Scorpions.

A quick start from Box Hill saw Luke Surman and Dale Hehir boot a goal each before Casey put their mark on the scoreboard. Strong pressure from the group meant the Hawks were able to limit the Scorpions to just two goals to Box Hill’s five by quarter time.

The opening minutes of the second quarter saw Matthew Traynor create a great turnover in the forward 50, widening the gap to 25 points. Despite the strong start to the quarter, poor goal accuracy resulted in missed opportunities and by the end of the second quarter Casey had three goals to Box Hill’s two narrowing the margin to 15-points. Despite ten more inside 50 opportunities than the Scorpions and leading the marking contest 37-32, the Hawks struggled to translate it onto the scoreboard.

Hehir spoke to after the game about the Hawks performance.

‘We didn’t look for the right goal opportunities. We’ve got to get the ball out of the pockets and into the middle of the ground and really look to secure the goals.’

‘We knew that if we could keep the ball forward we could turn the ball over and in the end, we were able to get goals on the board.’

The third quarter saw Casey step up their pressure creating a strong contest in Box Hill’s forward 50 limiting the boys to two goals. Despite the strong defensive pressure displayed by the Scorpions, Box Hill managed to come out of the quarter on top, heading into the final turn commanding a 22-point lead.

Within the first 10 minutes of the final quarter, Casey managed to boot two goals putting just 3 points between them and the lead When Casey did manage to get their hands on the ball, their movement was quickly shut down with Box Hill landing 64 tackles for the game.

‘We couldn’t give them space to manoeuvre the ball…’ said Development Coach Matt Adolph, ‘we couldn’t give them that chance to control the game.’

In the dying minutes of the game, Hehir, managing 14 touches and 8 marks for the night, booted the goal that sealed the match.

‘I was happy that I could help the boys get over the line. We were in a bit of trouble when Casey upped their pressure but we tightened our game, went back to our structures and got the job done.’

When the final siren sounded Box Hill had managed to hold the lead by just 12-points.

With a bye in Rounds eight and nine, the Development squad will be taking on the Northern Blues on Saturday June 11th in their third home game of the season.






BOX HILL         5.1 7.3 9.6 11.11 (77)

CASEY              2.0 5.0 6.2 10.5 (65)




BOX HILL         D. Hehir 4, L. Surman 2, X. Dimasi 2, L. Tobin, M. Traynor, S. Smith

CASEY              K. Wilson 2, T. Baker 2, A. Ferreira 2, T. Vanderhaar, J. Lovett, C. Machaya, D. Johnston




BOX HILL         L. Kidd 26, S. Switkowski 18, A. Brolic 15, X. Dimasi 15, J. Kidd 15

CASEY              B. Rutherford 23, D. Johnston 23, O. McInerney 21, T. Muir 18



Photo credit: Jenny Owens Photography

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