R16 Preview: Richmond


Round 7, 2019: Box Hill Hawks 11. 4. (70) defeated by Richmond 11. 12. (78) at Swinburne Centre.

Box Hill looks towards their own three-peat in their clash against Richmond at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday.

Following a disappointing loss to Footscray the week prior, Richmond came back with a win against Werribee in round 15. The win did not come easy, as the two teams slogged it out in a tight match. The Werribee defence almost toppled the Tiger’s patchy forward line, with inaccurate kicks squandering a few chances at goal.

However, a strong first goal from Josh Caddy put Richmond in front from the first bounce. Despite a sturdy showing from Werribee, Richmond dug in their claws to hold their lead and come out with the win in the clash of the Tigers.

As things were wrapping up at the Swinburn Centre, the battle between Box Hill and Frankston was only kicking off. With a strong sea breeze working in their favour, the Dolphins came out swinging with a 43-point lead at the end of the first term.

The wind on their side, the Hawks fought back during the second quarter to head into half time with a two-goal margin. Passion and pressure were the words of the day in the Frankston rooms, as their fiery outing shook the Hawks and lead to a scrappy match. Ultimately, Box Hill was able to hold off their opponents in the final term with an impressive seven goals that put them in front. Resulting in a heartening win from a tough game.

Following Box Hill captain Andrew Moore’s impressive performance on Sunday with 32 disposals, he is looking to lead his team in their charge against the Tigers. His attacking presence in the ruck, aided by the always strong Marc Pittonet, will be a key element in moving the ball past Richmond’s strong mid-field.

This centre will be led by Josh Caddy, a 2017 premiership player who brings his experience to the field. Caddy dominated against Werribee, with 26 disposals and two crucial goals. In his third game relegated to the VFL, Caddy is likely to put on another display to show the selectors what they’re missing.

Back at Box Hill, the home team will have a week worth celebrating with Kaiden Brand playing his 50th and David Mirra playing his 150th game for the club. Mirra is only the fifth member of the Box Hill Hawks to hit such a milestone, the last player to play his 150th game was Vic Lawson back in 1983. Mirra never fails to put on a strong performance in the defensive line but he is likely to dominate over Richmond’s shaky forwards on his special day.

The win is important to Box Hill as they are looking to hold on to their fifth spot on the ladder, which would put them in prime position for a finals run. A loss could see them lose their chance at a top four finish come the end of the season.

Richmond won’t go down without a fight, having lost their long-held spot at the top of the ladder, a win could see them rip the crown from Essendon.

Box Hill will take on Richmond at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday at 2pm.

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