Hawks clinch second with triple figure win

By Callum Godde
Box Hill clinched second spot in the AFL Victoria Development League on Saturday, with an emphatic 119-point victory over the Northern Blues at Box Hill City Oval.

The win earns the Hawks the double chance and sets up a tantalising qualifying final against Williamstown next week, with a place in the preliminary finals on the line.

The Hawks went about methodically dismantling the Blues from the opening bounce. And by half-time Box Hill had accrued an insurmountable 76-point lead.

But unlike previous weeks the Hawks’ frustrating temperament to take their foot off the accelerator was not sighted, as Box Hill looked to push the margin beyond triple figures.

Box Hill coach Kevin Collins hoped his chargers could parlay their momentum in to the first week of finals, next weekend.

“That’s a good way to finish the season and lead into the finals. And gives us a bit of confidence,” Collins said

“We know we come up against different opposition in the next couple of weeks, but it just gives us a bit of a springboard to start our finals campaign.”

In addition, Peter McEvoy triumphed as the competitions leading goal-kicker. A seven goal bag taking him past the half-century (56) this season, to finish well clear of his nearest challenger.

With no possibility of finals on offer it was always going to be difficult for the Blues, especially coming up against a hungry Hawks outfit hell-bent on leapfrogging Port Melbourne. And this one played to the script.

Box Hill were relentless in attack – kicking a minimum of five goals in each quarter – and miserly in defense, restricting the Blues to just two goals at halftime.

Pleasingly for Collins and his coaching unit the Hawks had a cavalcade of players to hit the scoreboard, finishing with 11 individual goal-kickers.

However it was the usual suspects of McEvoy (7 goals), Papadopolous (4), Gordon (3) and Cust (2) who did the brunt of the damage.

Collins was wrapped with his forwards’ output.

“They’re a tight little unit; [and today gave] a lot of first gives and honoured hit-ups,” he said.

“They look out for each other and were very selfless today and I thought the forward line function really well.”

The ball movement from the Hawks was exemplary, with the likes of Lawlor (30 disposals), Crocker (29) and Andrews (27) enjoying stellar games and stellar numbers. In all, the Hawks had 13 players gather 20 possessions or more.

“I thought that we were excellent around stoppages and in the clearances. Our on-ballers were fantastic,” Collins said.

“On a couple of occasions in the third we made mistakes, but the connection was there.”

Final Score: Box Hill Hawks 24.23 (167) defeated Northern Blues 7.6 (48)

Goal Kickers: P. McEvoy 7, N. Papadopoulos 4, T. Gordon 3, S. Cust 2, P. Lawlor 2, M. Northe , T. Miles , J. Summers , A. Bond , A. Franetic , B. Wood

Best Players: , S. Collins , P. Lawlor , P. McEvoy , S. Gibson , S. Cust , C. Cassidy

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