The Box Hill Hawks suffered another devastating loss on the weekend, going down to Footscray by five points.
On a cold and windy day at Victoria University Whitten Oval, the Hawks led at every change before the Bulldogs managed to steal victory in the last few minutes of the final quarter.
The first half saw Box Hill control the tempo of the game, taking the lead at the major break by 10 points. Although Footscray were ahead in clearances and took the ball inside their scoring 50 nine more times, the Hawks used the ball more efficiently and saw the results of this on the scoreboard.
The Hawks kept up this momentum in the third quarter, keeping the Dogs goalless for the entire term. Beginning with three unanswered goals, Box Hill managed to keep the majority of play inside their forward half of the ground.
However, the final term saw the Dogs come out firing. With four quick goals early on, the margin closed to seven points. By the 25th minute mark, Footscray had hit the lead for the first time in the match and Box Hill were unable to find another goal.
Unable to return to the winner’s list, the result sees Box Hill sit in eleventh position on the ladder, two games outside of the top eight.
In his second game back from injury, Alex Woodward was the standout, ending the day with 32 disposals, five tackles, ten clearances and a goal. Sam Switkowski also finished with a game-high 12 tackles.
Jack Fitzpatrick and Ryan Burton both made successful returns to the senior side, with both having an impact on the game. In his Senior debut as the team’s 23rd man, Xavier Dimasi also brought a strong physical presence to the game.
Box Hill’s Ayden Kennedy spoke with boxhillhawks.com.au after the match to reflect on the team’s performance.
“It was pretty similar to last week. We played reasonable footy for a half to three-quarters of the game and it was disappointing to get overrun in the last again.”
“We were always up against it with the wind in the last quarter so we knew we had a fight on our hands and we just let ourselves down.”
“We thought we had learnt a few things last week so we tried not to let the same things happen again but were unsuccessful. We knew we just had to play our game of footy but we weren’t able to make that happen in the last quarter.”
Next week the Hawks return home to City Oval as we take on Werribee for the Beyond Blue Cup. Action kicks off with the development side from 11.00am, with the senior game commencing at 2.00pm.
Box Hill: 5.3 7.3 10.7 10.8 (68)
Footscray: 0.1 5.5 5.6 10.13 (73)
Box Hill: J. Fitzpatrick 2, M. Lock 2, S. Switkowski 2, A. Woodward, P. Lawlor, J. Walker, D. Mirra
Footscray: N. Hrovat 2, L. Webb, N. Jamieson, L. Nash, T. McLean, B. Dale, M. Hannan, J. Russell, H. Wales
Box Hill: S. Switkowski, A. Woodward, K. Heatherley, D. Mirra, J. Fitzpatrick, Z. Webster
Footscray: N. Hrovat, L. Webb, J. Russell, L. Nash, B. Dale, A. Greenwood
Photo: Jenny Owens Photography