Round 3 Match Preview

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

The Box Hill Hawks are headed to the home of football for our Round Three fixture against Sandringham. We’ll hunt for our first win of the 2022 season, in this curtain raiser clash ahead of the AFL clash between Hawthorn and St Kilda. 

Box Hill have been victorious on the past five occasions the two sides have met and we can only hope that trend continues tomorrow.  

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 the end results might not have been as we’d of liked, the positive signs were a plenty in both Rounds 1 and 2 for the Hawks. First the nail biter with Collingwood, and then the tight tussle turned blow out at home, against the Blues.

Again, the likes of Hugh Beasley and Fergus Greene were strong leaders, with Hawthorn listed players in Tom Phillips, Ned Long, Jarman Impey and Jacob Koschitzke all performing at their best. 

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

Sandringham dropped their first game of the season, with a tough 83-point loss to the Casey Demons. But last weekend they managed to bounce back with a convincing 54-point defeat of the Tigers.

In Round 2 the Zebras’ best included Mason Windhanger with 28 disposals and two goals, Ryan Byrnes 23 disposals and one goal, as well as Tom Campbell finished with 40 hitouts and two goals. 

Team News 

Changes are imminent to the side this week, with the Hawks to be boosted by that of experience and young guns.

Second year Hawthorn player, Connor Downie will be a namely inclusion for what will likely be his first game of the year, as he looks to overcome an ankle injury.

We also regain both Damian Mascitti, and Ben Cavarra who come back into the side after missing Round 2.

While Jarman Impey, Seamus Mitchell, Jack Saunders, Ed Phillips and Brady Grey are this week’s outs. 

One to Watch

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

Greene has slotted three goals in both outings so far, highlighting his strong presence and outstanding leadership up forward.

He’s likely to shoulder some of the attacking responsibility once again today and we’re keen to see what he can pull out on the big stage of the MCG. 

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