Mirra: Blue skies ahead

Despite falling short to Essendon by 10-points on Saturday, former Box Hill Captain David Mirra believes there is plenty of blue sky ahead for the Hawks.

Box Hill has won only one of its last five games, however the reigning premiers have faced four of the top five sides in the competition.

In that period the Hawks have been competitive in every match, suffering close losses to Richmond, Collingwood and Essendon while defeating Williamstown.

Mirra believes his side will take confidence from pushing the third-placed Essendon, a team ranked number one for attack and defence in the VFL, to the final siren.

“We are pretty positive to be honest. We played some good footy, some things really worked for us today,” Mirra said post-game.

“There were just some patches throughout the game that we let ourselves down.”

“But all in all, we reflected post-game and everything was pretty positive. We will take that into next week and the rest of the season.

 “We’ve got to give credit, where credit’s due. Essendon are playing good footy at the moment. Particularly in the last quarter, they really took it to us.

 “Yes we’ve lost a game, and we are flat about losing it, but we are positive about what’s to come ahead, and our system and game plan.”

 The experienced defender once again stood tall on Saturday, gathering 24 disposals and 11 marks to continue his outstanding form in the VFL.

Mirra has been typically resolute in defence this season, averaging 22 disposals and eight marks, with his vital leadership and experience proving his greatest assets in an otherwise youthful back six.

“I worked my way into the game,” Mirra said.

“I thought we did pretty well to hold them to a low enough score, to stay in the game and give ourselves the best chance.

“You can’t question their (defenders) effort today, they were great when things got tough.”

Although sliding to ninth position on the VFL ladder with four wins, four losses and a draw, a brigade of youthful talent and dedication to grow from its close losses has given Box Hill a cause for optimism.

And Mirra is remaining steadfast that the tide will eventually turn, taking inspiration from the side’s remarkable premiership last season.

“It’s been like that the last four games we’ve played, they’ve all been close games,” Mirra said.

“If we get in that situation again, we’ve got to make sure we apply the learnings we have taken out of this period.

“If you look at last year we just scrapped into the finals and went on to win the Granny. We’ve just got to do enough to get ourselves into the finals.

“Anything can happen in the VFL system.”

Box Hill will take on Sandringham at 2.10pm on Saturday at Box Hill City Oval.

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