Development Squad Triumphant Over the Werribee Tigers

It was a tough game yesterday for the Box Hill Hawks Development Squad however the team managed to record a win over the Werribee Tigers.

The game got off to a slow start for Box Hill with Werribee kicking six unanswered goals in the first quarter. Sam Switkowski had a chat to boxhillhawks.com.au about the teams struggle to break through Werribee’s strong defence early in the game.

‘They’ve got some big bodies in the team and they were pretty physical in the contests. They came out a bit harder at the start and that really showed in the first quarter.’

It wasn’t until the last ten minutes of the first quarter that Box Hill was able to make a mark on the scoreboard. Running back with the flight of the ball, Jordan Walker took a solid mark resulting in the first goal for Box Hill. Another quickly followed from Ben McIntyre turning a scrubby inside 50 into a scoring opportunity.

The boys came back into the second quarter with a renewed sense of energy and fought back against Werribee’s first quarter efforts.

‘We just went back to our own game style. There was a big focus on getting our hands on the footy first so that we could win clearances and lock the ball in our forward 50.’

Regaining control of the game with 38 hit outs compared to Werribee’s 14 and winning the clearances 29 to 19, Box Hill managed to limit Werribee’s inside 50 opportunities and by the end of the first half the margin was just three points.

Early in the second half Box Hill took the lead from Werribee. Solid pressure forced mistakes from Werribee enabling Box Hill to boot another five goals to two.

‘All the boys just really began to focus on playing their role for the team. It paid off and we managed to get back in the game.’

The match saw swift footwork from James Sullivan in Box Hill’s forward 50 and efforts from Jake Summers, Joseph Fisher, and Max Canfield resulted in Box Hill claiming a 14-point lead heading into the last quarter.

The Hawks maintained their pressure in the final quarter recording 59 clearances for the day and resulted in 51 inside 50s to Werribee’s 29, Box Hill kicking a further six unanswered goals.

When the final siren sounded, Box Hill had come from behind to finish the day with a 51-point margin.

‘The first quarter was obviously a bit down but we are certainly working towards that consistency. It was great that we could bounce back after being down in the first half.’

The Development Squad will take on the Casey Scorpions next week hoping to be able to continue their winning streak.

‘Casey have shown some good form this year but our determination is there. It will certainly be a challenge but the boys will be up for it.’

 

 

 

Box Hill           2.2 7.6 12.6 18.8 (116)

Werribee         6.3 8.5 10.4 10.5 (65)

 

 

Goals

 

Box Hill           J. Summers 4, J. Walker 3, J. Sullivan 2, X. Dimasi 2, B. Kilpatrick, J. Fisher, S. Switkowski, L. Surman, M. Canfield, A. Brolic, B. McIntyre

 

Werribee         J. Porter 5, M. Vandenberg, D. Mennen, J. Malthouse, B. Xavier, B Kolong

 

Disposals

 

Box Hill           S. Switkowski 24, J. Walker 23, A. Brolic 22, B. Murphy 19, C. O’Sullivan 19

 

Werribee         I. Convoy 23, D. Mennen 22, H. King 20, M. Pickering 19, N. Meredith 16

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