Hawks claw out win

By Callum Godde
Box Hill recorded their 10th win this season on Sunday, holding off a fast-finishing Coburg by 23-points at Box Hill City Oval.

David Hale continued to mount his case for a Hawthorn recall, starring for Box Hill up forward with five goals – three coming in the first quarter.

The hard-fought victory helps the Hawks jump to second on the ladder, half a game clear of Footscray.

The Hawks looked to be cruising to a percentage boosting win, with Sam Collins managing to bring down a spectacular one-hander, and slotting the set shot to give his side a 46-point lead, early in the fourth term.

But the Lions had other ideas.

Perhaps it was a touch of complacency or fatigue, but the Hawks momentary lapse allowed the Lions – who sit second last with three wins this season – to pounce. And boy did they give the Hawks a fright.

Three quarters of Hawks’ domination was almost entirely eradicated in a disastrous 15-minute patch of football for Box Hill.

In fact, Coburg came as close 16 points, before Sam Grimley finally steadied the ship with a crucial goal to put the brakes on the visitors’ miraculous comeback.

Earlier, Box Hill raced out of the blocks, making the most of a strong breeze to go 18 points clear of Coburg at the first change.

Despite the lopsided number of scoring shots – Box Hill 11, Coburg 3 – suggesting otherwise, Box Hill, for the most part, capitalised on their chances.

Liam Tobin took full advantage of the wind to get the Hawks first – intercepting a risky handball in the centre of the ground, before dribbling home a 65-meter bomb through an open goal square.

While, starting up forward, David Hale was as clinical as ever, sparking the Hawks to life with three sublime set shots in the space of 10-minutes.

Unfortunately, this trend did not continue.

The wind began to wreak havoc in the second term, with the Hawks unable to fully adjust, kicking 3.8 to leave the door slightly ajar for the visitors.

When Box Hill did manage to convert, they did so off some of their lesser chances: Sam Cust soccered smartly off the ground, Tim O’Brien nursed one home from close range after he was gifted a 50-meter penalty and Jordan Kelly kicked truly from the boundary.

The Hawks dominance began to dissipate in the third term, as the two clubs traded goals.

David Mirra single-handedly stopped a certain Coburg goal, making a crunching tackle to see the ball safely over the line.

While Ben Ross, managed to shake-off his opponent and sneak forward to hit the scoreboard, twice.

Overall, it was a day brimming with positives for the Hawks, aside from a less than inspiring last quarter. But for Box Hill coach Marco Bello, the final term fadeout may put a slight dampener on the win.

However, the 23-point win made it a clean sweep of all grades over the weekend – with the development team drubbing Coburg by 160 points and Hawthorn clinching a sensational 10-point win over Sydney, on Saturday.

Box Hill will take on seventh place Collingwood at Victoria Park, next Saturday.
Box Hill 16.19 (115) defeated Coburg 14.19 (93)
Goal Kickers: D. Hale 5, J. Kelly 2, B. Ross 2, L. Tobin 2, T. O”Brien , S. Grimley , W. Hartung , S. Collins , S. Cust

Best Players: D. Hale , J. Kelly , B. Ross , M. Lock , K. Cheney , S. Iles

 

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