Round 15 Match Preview

WHEN: 11.35am, Sunday July 3
WHERE: GIANTS Stadium
COVERAGE: Watch live via the AFL Live Official App or tune in to listen with 3WBC 94.1FM.
The Box Hill Hawks will take on the GWS Giants for the very first time, the two sides have
not met since the Giants joined the VFL.

Both teams have had decent seasons to date, with the Hawks sitting with a win-loss record
of 7-4, while the Giants are 5-4 and a draw.

We’re coming of a disappointing result against the Bulldogs and the Giants return from a
bye, both sides sit within the top eight and are in the hunt for finals it’s sure to be a good
game.

How have we been going?
L, L, W, W, L, W, W, W, W, W, L

Round 14 saw the Hawks suffer a disappointing loss to Footscray at Whitten Oval.
The Hawks were on the back foot from the beginning with the Bulldogs booting five first-
term goals into the breeze. It wasn’t until late in the second that we put our first major on
the board.

Our best afield for the day was Ben Cavarra, slotting three goals and racking up 17 disposals.
He was joined by Damian Mascitti and Hugh Beasley who were as always, strong leaders out
of defence. Mascitti finished with 23 disposals, the Hawks highest for the game, followed by
milestone man Ed Phillips with 20 disposals, who was also among the best players.

Hawthorn’s Josh Morris and Josh Ward were also among our best players while, Finn
Maginness managed 18 disposals. Brady Grey, Emerson Jeka and first-gamer Max Ramsden
all managed a goal within the loss.

How have they been going?
W, W, W, W, D, W, L, L, L, W, L

The Giants are coming off a bye in Round 14, but prior to that they took on the Suns at
Metricon Stadium and were bested by the home team.

The Giants trailed at every break in the game, and in the end the Suns had double their
majors.

It was 56 points the difference come games end with the Suns proving too good, despite the
Giants having returning AFL-listed players in Tim Taranto and Phil Davis in their line-up. The

duo were coming back from injury and made an impact upon return, Taranto managed 27
disposals, while Davis had 24 disposals and 17 marks.

Xavier O’Halloran was another stand out finishing with three goals and 16 disposals, Wade
Derksen also finished with three goals to his name and Josh Green had a strong
performance in the midfield with 21 disposals and three inside-50s.

Team News
Senior Coach Clint Proctor and the rest of his coaching panel have made several changes
ahead of our clash with the Giants tomorrow morning.

We welcome back the likes of “Big Dave” aka Dave Brinker-Ritchie, Jaylon Thorpe, James
Parsons and Mason De Wit, as well as Hawthorn’s Dan Howe and Liam Shiels.

A few of our young guns in Luis D’Angelo, Max Hall and potential debutant Cayden Maki are
named on our extended interchange, with the final side set to be announced at 11am
before the bounce.

Outgoing players from the side who took on Footscray include young, tall utility Mason
Hawkins, as well as star forward Fergus Greene who is out under concussion protocols, and
Hawthorn’s Jack Saunders who is also injured.

One to Watch
Jaylon Thorpe returns to our line-up this weekend and although he’s already been our one
to watch once this season back in Round 2, it’s hard to look past him for this week’s game.

Thorpey hasn’t taken to the field since our Round 5 clash with Coburg back in April after a
knee injury, but he’s looked eager for the return and this week is the week.

With Fergus Greene out, Thorpe will likely fill the gap up forward. He’ll be a big target in
attack and with the practice shots we’ve seen at training over the later weeks of his rehab
it’ll likely be an exciting return.

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