Round 6 Match Preview

WHEN: 2.05pm, Sunday May 1
WHERE: Box Hill City Oval 
COVERAGE: Listen live via 3WBC 94.1FM or watch via AFL Live Official App

Off the back of a hard-earned win late in the game against Coburg, we face a challenge against the ladder-leading Casey Demons at home tomorrow. 

This’ll be our second game of the season at Box Hill City Oval and after letting it slip late in the game against Carlton in Round 2, we’ll be looking to secure a first win on home soil for 2022. 

Last Five Meetings
The Demons have come out on top in our two most recent meetings, once at home and once at Casey Fields. While the three times we faced Casey prior to that, it was the brown and gold who came out with the silverware, literally, the 2018 Grand Final was one of those three. 

Round 1, 2021: Casey Demons 17.16 (118) defeated Box Hill 10.7 (67) at Box Hill City Oval. 
Round 13, 2019: Casey Demons 12.12 (84) defeated Box Hill 7.8 (50) at Casey Fields. 
Round 1, 2019: Box Hill 15.14 (104) defeated Casey Demons 4.18 (42) at Box Hill City Oval. 
Grand Final, 2018: Box Hill 10.12 (72) defeated Casey Demons 8.14 (62) at Marvel Stadium. 
Round 20, 2018: Box Hill 13.13 (91) defeated Casey Demons 6.10 (46) at Box Hill City Oval. 

How have we been going? 

2022 Formline: L, L, W, W. 
After tough losses in our first two matches, our last two have been victories allowing us to sit 2-2 for the season so far. 

Last weekend’s game against Coburg was a game of back-and-forth play. The Hawks were in possession of the footy more than that of our opposition throughout the game, but inaccuracy in front of goal meant we trailed at each change. The final quarter saw a huge lift and improvement in the attacking fifty, slotting six goals to Coburg’s one, to run out winners. 

It was the likes of Damian Mascitti with 27 disposals, Jordan Cunico with 25 disposals earning him the ANZAC medal, James Blanck and Ed Phillips who were among the Hawks best. 

How have they been going? 

2022 Formline: W, W, W, W, W. 
Casey have been in top-tier form so far this season and are yet to drop a game. In Round 5 the Demons also overcome a deficit, coming back from 21-points in the second term to secure a win over Richmond, their fifth of the season. 

That win was on the back of standout performances from Jake Melksham, who tallied 19 disposals and a goal, Mitch White with 26 touches and two goals, and Fraser Rosman who were all among their leading players. 

Team News 
Daniel Howe is named in our Box Hill side but is also the 23rd man for Hawthorn. Should he not be activated in the AFL this afternoon in their clash with Melbourne, he’ll line up for Box Hill tomorrow. 

Jackson Callow is an out from our side, with the young gun known as ‘Buckets’ making his AFL debut this weekend. 

We regain Fergus Greene who returns after being sidelined by COVID last weekend, and he’s sure to add his usual spark to the forward line. Also coming in is youngster, Cayden Maki after impressing at community level in recent weeks and experienced forward Brady Grey, who comes back from a leg injury. 

One to Watch
Cal Porter is no stranger to those who follow the Box Hill Hawks. The man of the Leadership Group showed exactly why he’s among those elite players in our group last weekend. 

Porter was moved from his position off half-back into the middle late in the game to provide extra intensity and movement around the ball, he managed to influence a shift in the game, pointing us towards the win.

Wherever this guy is on the field he regularly makes an impact, and we’ll need some Ports magic in Round 6 to help get us over the line. 

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