Round Twelve Match Preview

WHERE: Box Hill City Oval
WHEN: Sunday, 2:10PM
COVERAGE: Channel 7; 3WBC radio – 94.1FM

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

Round 17, 2017: Essendon 14.15 (89) defeated Box Hill 12.11 (83) at Windy Hill
Round 15, 2016:
Essendon 15.5 (95) defeated Box Hill 13.14 (92) at Windy Hill
Round 5, 2015: Essendon 14.11 (95) defeated by Box Hill 18.10 (118) at Windy Hill
Round 13, 2014: Essendon 14.7. (91) defeated Box Hill 13.10 (88) at RAMS Arena
Round 17, 2013: Box Hill 15.21 (111) defeated Essendon 5.9 (39) at Box Hill City Oval

SETTING THE SCENE

An age-old rivalry will reignite at Box Hill City Oval this Sunday, with the Hawks hosting the Bombers in a potentially season defining match-up.

Both Essendon and Box Hill come into the clash at six-and-three and fresh off impressive last start victories. Separated by percentage alone, a win for either side would go a long way towards securing the coveted double chance – and with a history of tightly fought battles, the stage is well and truly set for what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.

City Oval will be the prime destination for Hawks fans to get their football fix this weekend, with another blockbuster double header set to go down. The Hawthorn VFLW side will kick off proceedings at 11.45AM, looking to make it two from two against the red and black in season 2018, and solidify their own position within the top four.

If not incentive enough, platinum partner Dreamstreet Lending will be bringing back the Kick For Cash during half-time, with a share of $10,000 up for grabs. For details how to participate in this promotion follow this link.

HOW TO FOLLOW?

Fans who can’t make it on the day will be able to tune in to all the action live, with televised coverage on Channel 7 from 2:00PM.

Alternatively, a radio call will available via 3WBC, and our official social channels will continue to report throughout the match. Twitter remains the destination for play by play action, or head to Facebook and Instagram for updates by the quarter.

TEAM NEWS

Box Hill will field a strong Hawthorn contingent once more, with 20 senior Hawks named in Chris Newman’s provisional 27-man squad.

Kaiden Brand will return to Box Hill following a solid performance with the AFL Hawks, after receiving the last-minute call-up for their clash with Adelaide, last Saturday night. This week, Tim O’Brien gets the nod, after Jonathon Ceglar was unfortunately named a late withdrawal due to a calf complaint.

Youngsters James Cousins and Kieran Lovell will return, after last week racking up 37 and 29 disposals respectively; joined by Mackenzie Doreian, a promising debut resulting in his return to the sought-after 23rd man position.

Will Hams is in contention to feature following a week off; whilst Anthony Brolic also remains in the mix after shining for local club, South Croydon, over the weekend.

A senior recall could be on the cards for big man Michael Knoll, with his name amongst the magnets for the first time this year, off the back of a string of solid performances with local heavyweight, Vermont. Tristan Tweedie has too been rewarded for his impressive form at local level, the former Western Bulldogs Category B Rookie, also named on the extended interchange.

Box Hill livewire, Billy Murphy, comes from last week’s winning side; while Marc Pittonet and Teia Miles will travel to Tasmania with Hawthorn in interesting circumstances, which could see their duties required in the case of impending fatherhood for both Ben McEvoy or Paul Puopolo.

Equally, Essendon boast a heavily AFL-listed side of their own, led by captain Heath Hocking, who brings experience in excess of 100 AFL games.

The skipper will head up a midfield unit comprising prolific ball winner Dylan Clarke and the hard-nosed Kobe Mutch – both having experienced a taste at AFL level this year, and continuing to display a tenacity to return to the big stage.

Travis Colyer joins the in-form young guns, with the speedster on the comeback trail from preseason foot surgery, after playing 22 AFL games with the Bombers last year.

Former GWS Giant, James Stewart, and fourth placed on the overall league goal kicking table, Daniel Younan, form a dangerous double-pronged attack up forward; while Jackson Merrett will look to continue to hit the scoreboard, after contributing three goals in the Bombers last hit-out.

Promising top-ten draft pick Aaron Francis will line up down back, his strong overheard marking a feature of Essendon’s performances of late; while Ben McNiece will look to continue to provide his trademark rebound off half-back.

The Bombers will be without early season stars, Mason Redman, Matt Guelfi and Kyle Langford, after the trio were rewarded and subsequently moved to solidify their senior positions in Essendon’s AFL side.

HOW HAVE WE BEEN DOING?

Box Hill ended a two-game losing slide, utilising an aptly-timed bye to freshen up before returning to take on Frankston in Round 10. In trying conditions, an extraordinary run of eleven unanswered goals across the second and third terms all but confirmed the result, with the Hawks eventually running out 63-point victors and putting a two-from-two record against the Dolphins in the books.

The win saw Box Hill climb back to fifth spot on the table, hot on the heels of Essendon, who they trail on percentage alone. This week’s clash marks an important test, with the Hawks’ fixture thus far dictating just one prior hit-out against a top eight side; the match providing an important season barometer which could prove instrumental in securing a double chance come the pointy end of the year.

HOW HAVE THEY BEEN DOING?

After a shock loss to Footscray in Round 9, which ended a four-game winning streak, Essendon bounced back against Coburg to kick nine of the last ten goals of the game and emerge nearly 100 points the superior, a fortnight ago.

Coming into this week’s clash fresh off the bye, the Bombers will be eager to improve their six-and-three record and create some breathing room between themselves and the Hawks in amongst a tight top eight and hotly contested race to the top four.

ONES TO WATCH

Since returning from an early season stint on the sidelines, Andrew Moore hasn’t missed a beat, continuing to do exactly what any good skipper does – lead from the front.

A last start report card boasting 38 disposals (a round high), 8 inside fifties, 7 tackles, 5 clearances and a goal; Moore’s performance was typified by poise, control and continuously clean execution – a game which in no way reflected its wet weather setting.

With a spate of best afield performances to his name, Moore is always difficult to look past, providing invaluable leadership both on and off the field. In a match in which two of the premier midfields of the competition will go head to head, his performance within the heart of the Box Hill engine room, will prove vital if the Hawks are to secure the four points.

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