Hard Fought Win For The Development Boys

Box Hill’s Development side has recorded a 26-point win over Coburg in their Round 3 match at Piranha Park yesterday.

The boys started the day strong, dominating the first quarter and kicking six goals to Coburg’s three. Box Hill’s pressure was on display early, with a couple of great tackles from Julian Soccio in our defensive 50. Quick ball movement from the boys allowed some fast-paced coast-to-coast running, whilst strong marks by Billy Murphy and Lachie Langford showed skill and accuracy in our forward 50.

Box Hill’s control of the game continued into the second quarter, with their seventh goal of the match coming within minutes of the opening bounce. The boys stepped up their attack at the football and stepped up their pressure, resulting in a five goal to two term. A massive tackle from Sam Gibson was also a highlight for the quarter.

The second half of the match saw Coburg return with renewed effort, and provided a more even contest for the remainder of the game. Great tackles from Anthony Brolic, Nick Evans and Jake Summers were again highlights, whilst a smother from Sam Switkowski drew much excitement from the crowd.

Coburg returned to dominate the last quarter of the match. Their fast ball movement and physicality at the contest was reflected on the scoreboard, kicking five goals to Box Hill’s three. A strong over-head mark by Hawthorn listed player Luke Surman was a standout in the last term. The boys managed to hold on against Coburg’s last quarter surge to win their ANZAC Round match.

James Sullivan spoke to boxhillhawks.com.au after the match about the boys’ Round 3 win.

“It was always going to be a physical game. We had a pretty good first half, we did have some lapses in the second half so there are still some areas to improve, but we’re really pleased we were able to come to Coburg and get the four points.”

With a game high of eight tackles for the day, Sullivan also relished taking on a different role for the team in this weekend’s match.

“Last week I probably had more of a role through the forward half of the ground, whereas today I was more playing through the midfield and just a bit more in and under, just trying to get the ball out, trying to lay more tackles and a bit more of the harder stuff.”

Yesterday’s win was the Development side’s second win for the season.

Box Hill: 6.1 11.8 12.10 15.13 (103)
Coburg: 3.4 5.7 6.10 11.11 (77)

Box Hill: Kilpatrick 4, Summers 2, Surman 2, L. Langford 2, Williams 2, Cox, Smith, O’Sullivan
Coburg: McRorie 3, Urquhart 2, Kalanj, Hill, Iacobaccio, McDonald, Free, Valeri

Box Hill: Kilpatrick 29, Soccio 25, O’Sullivan 23, Switkowski 23, Cox 23
Coburg: McConville 28, Iacobaccio 25, Clarke 24, Conn 23

Box Hill: Kilpatrick, Soccio, Walker, Bond, Evans, Gibson
Coburg: Clarke, McConville, Urquhart, Iacobaccio, McRorie, King

Round 4 vs. Frankston
Box Hill City Oval

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