Round Six Match Preview

WHERE: Casey Fields
WHEN: Sunday, 2:00PM
COVERAGE: 3WBC radio – 94.1FM


Round 10, 2017: Box Hill 11.7 (73) defeated by Casey 14.15 (99) at Box Hill City Oval
Round 21, 2016:Box Hill 8.8 (56) defeated by Casey 11.20 (86) at Box Hill City Oval
Round 7, 2016: Casey 12.11 (83) defeated Box Hill 11.10 (76) at Casey Fields
Round 17, 2015: Box Hill 18.15 (123) defeated Casey 7.7 (49) at Box Hill City Oval
Round 11, 2014: Casey 6.8 (44) defeated byBox Hill 19.15 (129) at Casey Fields


Sitting a match clear at the top of the table, this week marks an important test for an unbeaten Box Hill Hawks, who will look to retain their perfect record and solidify their position,as they take on a talented Casey outfit.


After notching another four points in last week’s first hit out at Box Hill City Oval, the Hawks will again hit the road in an effort to change the current course of history, in which Casey have had the upper hand in the last three outings between the two sides.

Conversely, the Demons will be seeking to bounce back from two straight losses in an attempt to bring down the only remaining undefeated side of season 2018, through the pressure and contested wins which saw them account for Box Hill in last year’s victory.

In an important state-wide movement across football leagues of all levels, the weekend – marked as the beyondblue round, will shine a light on mental health. The round is the first event that will run as part of a new community partnership with beyondblue; with more than8,000 Victorian footballers to don blue tape around their wrists to spark conversation, reduce stigma and provide a potentially lifesaving reminder that mental illness does not discriminate.


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This week’s Box Hill side has been bolstered by a slew of AFL-listed talent, with Keiren Lovell, Oliver Hanrahan, James Cousins, Jackson Ross and Harrison Jones set to feature in the clash.

Off the back of standout form throughout preseason, Lovell remains an exciting addition, joined by the returning Hanrahan; while first-year players Ross and Jones will feature for the first time since round one and three, respectively. After a solid stint at AFL level, Cousins will look to pick up from the impressive form which saw him adjudged best on ground for the first two rounds of the VFL season.

A new face joins the side as 23rd man, as a best afield display in last weekend’s Young Guns match between Metro and Country representative sides, sees Nathan Boucher receive a call up for his debut at senior level.

Skipper Andrew Moore will be out to build on his own strong comeback form, alongside good news story Jonathon Ceglar, who last week made an impressive two-goal return from his stay on the long-term injury list.

In huge news for Casey and Melbourne fans alike, the AFL side’s co-captain, Jack Viney, will make his much anticipated return from injury via the VFL. Although considered for recall directly into the senior side, coaching staff erred on the side of caution, adopting a careful approach to the foot injury which flared late last year and kept the star midfielder from the field for nine months.

As well as Viney, the Demon’s boast their own bevvy of AFL-listed personnel, with Harrison Petty, Oskar Baker and Jay Kennedy-Harris lining up down back; and Tomas Bugg, Sam Frost and Harley Balic forming a potent forward line.

Billy Stretch will provide added run through the midfield; while Cam Pederson will no doubt continue to provide an imposing presence when pushing forward.

Jayden Hunt, Jeff Garlett, Tim Smith and Josh Wagnercould also line up for Casey, having been named emergencies for the senior side’s clash against the Gold Coast Suns.


Box Hill have started the first five rounds in perfect fashion, sitting undefeated at the top of the table.

Last week’s first clash at home saw Sandringham beaten at their own game, with Box Hill taking it up to the league leaders in contested possession; and consequently, coming away with the four points.


A side to be underestimated at an opposition’s own peril, an even 2-2 record and eighth spot on the ladder for Casey,may be slightly deceptive.

The Demons made a strong start to their 2018 campaign, accounting for Coburg and Werribee in the first two rounds,before falling to strong AFL-affiliated sides in Richmond and Geelong, prior to the bye.

Displaying strong form in patches, minor lapses have cost the Demons who will look to rectify this and continue their current impressive record against Box Hill.


Last week saw Box Hill welcome back Andrew Moore, after a suspension followed by the bye, saw the skipper spend a four-week stint on the sidelines – not that his return form was in any way indicative of time away from the game.

Moore didn’t miss a beat, racking up 27 touches, contributing a massive 11 clearances and capping it all off with a goal. Against a side with ample AFL-listed talent, leadership amongst senior players will be a key, with Moore providing it in spades.

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