Richmond’s Fourth Quarter Too Good for Hawks

The Box Hill Hawks have suffered their eighth loss of the season at the hands of Richmond, going down by 16-points at Punt Road Oval yesterday.

In what was a must-win clash, the Hawks led at every change but were unable to overcome the Tigers in the final quarter.

The first half saw Box Hill get the early jump on Richmond, with midfielders Sam Iles, Will Langford and Alex Woodward finding plenty of the footy. With 15 more inside 50’s than Richmond, the Hawks forwards were creating plenty of scoring opportunities and held a 25-point lead at the main break.

However, the second half saw Richmond increase their tenacity at the contest, with Box Hill unable to match their efforts.

By the end of the third quarter, Richmond’s big men started to stamp their authority on the contest. Giving their midfielders first use of the ball, they were able to start the final term with three unanswered goals, before booting another five to take out the game.

Although a disappointing day for the Hawks, Alex Woodward in his first full senior game back from injury, put on a brilliant display notching up 25 disposals, 7 tackles and managing a goal in the second quarter.

Box Hill Vice-Captain Sam Iles spoke to boxhillhawks.com.au about the disappointing loss.

“It was just a game of two halves. Our intent early on was really good and there were some stats there that showed we were playing good footy in the first half like we have probably the last six weeks, but then we just fell away.”

“We let ourselves down with our clearances, fundamental skill errors and decision making. We will obviously review all of that Tuesday but there are clearly some areas we need to get better at doing over four quarters.”

Next week the Seniors take on the Footscray Bulldogs on Saturday at Whitten Oval at 12.00pm.

SCORES

Box Hill:        3.5  7.6  8.7  10.9  (69)

Richmond:    0.2  3.5  5.6  13.7  (85)

GOALS

Box Hill: B. Hardwick 3, K. Stewart 2, Z. Webster, S. Iles, D. Willsmore, A. Woodward, N. Evans

Richmond: I. Maric 2, T. Couch 2, A. Moore 2, T. Vickery 2, T. Elton, J. Ballard, K. Lambert, A. Marcon, J. Townsend

BEST

Box Hill: S. Iles, A. Woodward, S. Switkowski, K. Heatherley, M. Warren, W. Hartung

Richmond: T. Couch, J. Townsend, A. Moore, I. Maric, T. Elton, A. Marcon

 

Photo: Jenny Owens Photography

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