“This is just the start.”

Hawthorn listed player Tim O’Brien said Saturday’s 37-point win against the Sandringham Zebras was a great way to start the season.

“It’s obviously a good feeling. To turn that 150-point loss the other week into a 40-point win in two weeks is a pretty good effort by the boys.

Whilst O’Brien had a successful day personally kicking three goals, it was a dominant team effort that allowed Box Hill to control the game and lead at every major change.

“It was good to get on the end of a few, but it was a pretty even effort by everyone. There was a mix in the goals – there wasn’t one that stood out – and everyone just played their role during the game which was good.”

“You have to play four quarters of footy these days to win. We got off to a good start and it was good that we were able to hold that for the remainder of the game.”

Although the first game of the season, O’Brien was keen to highlight that this is just the beginning and that there is a lot of improvement to be done by the team.

“It was a pretty physical game so we’ll have to recover well but nothing changes too much week to week.”

“We just want to improve our game all round – nothing specific – but just to keep building on it and just keep getting better each week. This is just the start. That’s the level we’ve set and we’ve got to keep improving each week.”

“We just go about our business and rock up again next week and try and do the same thing.”

Box Hill’s upcoming game is the Grand Final rematch against reigning Premiers the Williamstown Seagulls at Burbank Oval, and is sure to be another big test for the boys.


Photo: Jenny Owens Photography

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