Round 3 Match Preview

WHEN: 12:00pm, Sunday April 10 
COVERAGE: Live on Channel 7, listen on 3WBC 94.1, stream live on or on the AFL Live Official App. 

The Box Hill Hawks are off to the home of football for our round three match-up with Sandringham.

The match will kick off back-to-back games at the ‘G, with Hawthorn and St. Kilda set to do battle once the Hawks and Zebras have settled their differences. 

The rivalry has been rather one-sided in recent times, Box Hill securing all four points in each of the past five meetings with Sandy. 

Clint Proctor will be hoping his charges can make it six on the spin and, with it, secure the Club’s first victory of 2022.

Last Five Meetings

Round 3, 2021: Box Hill 19.14 (128) defeated Sandringham 15.8 (98) at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval. 
Round 12, 2019: Box Hill 12.11 (83) defeated Sandringham 6.10 (46) at Box Hill City Oval. 
Round 2, 2019: Box Hill 16.4 (100) defeated Sandringham 8.11 (59) at Marvel Stadium. 
Round 17, 2018: Box Hill 11.12 (78) defeated Sandringham 6.11 (47) at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval. 
Round 5, 2018: Box Hill 18.11 (119) defeated Sandringham 8.7 (55) at Box Hill City Oval. 

How have we been going?
2022 Formline: L, L. 

While empty handed through two rounds, Box Hill’s losses to Collingwood and Carlton have had their share of positives.

The Hawks lead both encounters in the final quarter, succumbing in heartbreaking fashion to the Magpies late in round one, before a lack of fresh legs on the bench and a rampant Carlton adding up to a second loss in as many starts a week later. 

Box Hill’s established leaders have performed brilliantly to start the season, including new skipper Hugh Beasley and spearhead Fergus Greene. They haven’t been alone, however, with experienced AFL-listed Hawks Tom Phillips, Jarman Impey and Jacob Koschitzke impressing as well.

How have they been going?
2022 Formline: L, W. 

Sandringham, meanwhile, rebounded from a 83-point drubbing at the hands of Casey in round one to down the Tigers by 54-points last weekend.

The Zebra’s best included Mason Windhanger, who accumulated 28 disposals and kicked two goals, Ryan Byrnes, who recorded 23 disposals and one goal and, finally, towering big man Tom Campbell, who added a pair of goals to his 40 hit outs. 

Team News 

Clint Proctor’s side will be bolstered by the addition of VFL stars Ben Cavarra and Damian Mascitti, who missed last weekend’s loss to Carlton with COVID and concussion, respectfully.

Once foes on either side of the Port Melbourne-Williamstown rivalry, Mascitti and Cavarra will add experience and class to a Box Hill side which would feel a win isn’t too far away.

Second year Hawk Connor Downie is another inclusion. Downie had missed most of the pre-season with a significant ankle injury, with this match-up set to be his first minutes of competitive football since August of last year.

Jarman Impey (elevated), Seamus Mitchell (managed), Jack Saunders (managed), Ed Phillips and Brady Grey are among the omissions, though the latter two have been retained in the squad as emergencies.

One to Watch

Fergus Greene is an obvious pick this week, having been among the Hawks best players in our first two hitouts of the 2022 season.

Greene has booted three goals in each of our outings so far, highlighting both his knack for goal and consistency. 

The Club’s reigning leading goal kicker will be looked upon to shoulder the bulk of the Hawks’ attacking threat at the MCG.

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