In his fourth season as a Hawk Patrick Lawlor has impressed his fellow teammates and coaching staff with his determination and willingness to take that next step required to play senior football.
In his first year at Box Hill Lawlor was able to play in four senior games, increasing that to 17 in his second year.
His third year at the club, 2014, was his toughest as he was only able to play in 9 senior games.
This season has seen Lawlor a consistent member of the senior side at Box Hill. His Round 17 game against the Casey Scorpions was one of his better performances since arriving at the club.
Lawlor impressed with his ability to win the ball in tight as well as carry the ball and break the lines opening the game up in Box Hill’s favor.
He also managed to hit the scoreboard kicking 4.5 and collecting 25 touches 15 marks and 5 tackles with a best on ground performance.
Although Lawlor even surprised himself with his performance, not understanding how well he had played until after the game when both players and staff recognised his efforts.
“I felt really good after the game, I didn’t realise when I was out there that I was having such a good game.”
“I was able to get close to goal and win the ball a lot more in our forward 50 rather than in our defensive 50.”
Unfortunately Lawlor was unable to back up his performance in the following week against Geelong as he had received a hard knock on his calf that had to be managed.
“I got a knock on the Sunday when we played. I got through Tuesday training then Thursday it started to flare up. It’s just a knock so the coaching staff and I agreed it was best to rest up for a week.”
“I’m feeling much better this week and I’m hoping to be a part of the named side that will take on the Northern Blues this Saturday.”
Box Hill’s alliance with the hawthorn Football Club has helped it to become well recognised as an elite football club.
“Due to the strength of both clubs, competition for spots has been ever competitive keeping everyone focused and driven to get the best out of themselves.”
“This has been reflected by most of our results this season and we hope this can continue for the next stage of the season,” said Lawlor.
With two rounds left until finals and Box Hill sitting on top of the ladder, there is a lot to look forward to in September.
Lawlor’s main focus is to keep improving himself and in doing so, keep his spot in the senior side.
“I missed out on playing in the grand-final team the last two years, so it would be amazing for me to stay in the side for as far as Box Hill can go this year.”
“At this stage of the year we have laid the platform but we need to keep driving it and pushing ourselves to get to where we want to be.”
Make sure to get down to Preston Oval to see Lawlor return as both Box Hill sides take on the Northern Blues from 11am.
Photo Credit: Jenny Owens