WHERE: SkyBus Stadium
WHEN: Saturday, 2:00PM
COVERAGE: 3WBC radio – 94.1FM
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Round 4, 2016: Box Hill 14.14 (98) defeated Frankston 5.9 (39) at Box Hill City Oval
Round 12, 2015: Box Hill 15.12 (102) defeated Frankston 5.7 (37) at Box Hill City Oval
Round 18, 2014: Frankston 4.9 (33) defeated by Box Hill 9.9 (63) at SkyBus Stadium
Round 5, 2014: Box Hill 22.10 (142) defeated Frankston 5.6 (36) at Box Hill City Oval
Round 8, 2013: Box Hill 18.23 (131) defeated Frankston 8.7 55 at Box Hill City Oval
SETTING THE SCENE
The Box Hill Hawks will be looking to build on a promising start to the 2018 VFL Season and string two in row, as they make the trip down the Peninsula to take on Frankston on their home deck.
After a stint on the sidelines in 2017, Frankston have returned from hiatus with a young and reinvigorated side, and the enthusiasm expected of a club who have spent the better part of 18 months watching on.
While Box Hill have well and truly had the wood over Frankston in previous years, the Dolphins will be bolstered by a fresh start and willingness to bounce back from their round one loss. On a relatively unfamiliar ground, only time will tell if the Hawks’ dominance will continue.
HOW TO FOLLOW?
As above, a radio call will be provided at 3WBC, whilst our official social channels remain the destination for coverage throughout the contest. For play by play action, head to Twitter; and check in at Facebook and Instagram for quarter-by-quarter updates.
The Hawks remain without skipper Andrew Moore, with a following week to serve on suspension; and vice-captain Max Warren, with an outlook to return from a knee injury in a month’s time the best-case scenario.
Unfortunately, prominent goal-kicker Chris Jones also remains on the sidelines, due to a knee injury sustained in the last practice match of the preseason.
Some recognisable Hawthorn names have been included on paper at least, with the extended squad comprising Jaeger O’Meara, Ryan Burton, Daniel Howe, Kaiden Brand and Harry Morrison; with the potential to add plenty of experience to the Box Hill outfit should they be named.
Mitch Lewis and James Cousins have been named in the AFL Hawks’ extended squad for Sunday, though their presence will be welcome should they don the Brown and Gold of Box Hill instead.
The former continued impressive preseason form and was a consistent threat up forward, kicking three goals for the third week running; while the latter was adjudged best afield with 29 touches to go alongside his trio of goals.
Box Hill listed names Vincent Adduci, Billy Evans, Brayden Kilpatrick, Stuart Horner, Liam Jeffs and Lachlan Walker are in the mix for their first senior appearance of the 2018 season; whilst Collingwood recruit, Liam Mackie, could also potentially debut.
The Dolphins will be without one of two names boasting AFL level experience, with versatile tall and ex-Tiger, Todd Elton due to miss the first half of the year courtesy of shoulder surgery.
In his absence, playing assistant coach and fellow former Tiger, Jake Batchelor will look to provide the required composure and leadership, in what is otherwise a relatively young side.
Showing solid form in a tough round one encounter, former Richmond VFL-listed Alex Harnett led the disposals with 24, followed closely by former North Melbourne rookie Will Fordham with 22; while skipper and key onballer Blake Mullane will be looking to step up this week.
New coach Adam Skrobalak has named Aloysio Ferreira, who crossed from Casey Demons; Nathan Scagliarini, a former Dandenong Stingray who was at Sandringham last year; and ex-Sandringham small forward Corey Rich as players to look out for.
HOW HAVE WE BEEN DOING?
Box Hill kicked off the 2018 season in the desired fashion with a hard fought ]victory against a solid Williamstown outfit on their home turf. Hanging tough against the breeze early, the Hawks’ ability to break even at the stoppages was crucial, while an impressive 64 forward fifty entries ensured the forward line had plenty of opportunity to capitalise on the scoreboard.
Encouragingly, it was the Hawks’ ability to run the game out better than their opponent that might’ve won the day, with a run of nine unanswered goals closing the scoring.
HOW HAVE THEY BEEN DOING?
Unable to pen the dream start to their return to the league, the new-look Dolphins were sharp early before fading, and eventually falling, to a stronger and more experienced Bombers outfit. Frankston kicked the first two goals of the game but were unable to muster more than a behind in the second half; something they will likely look to rectify in this week’s hit out.
ONES TO WATCH
The class and composure of this week’s stand-in skipper Will Hams, will be a key in nullifying the Dolphin’s start, who will no doubt be bringing plenty of energy as they seek to open their 2018 account.
Amongst the best last week, Hams accumulated 29 disposals and took 7 marks across the backline, playing a vital role in the Hawks’ transition. Consistently level-headed, Hams will be eager to continue his run of fine form after an interrupted 2017 season.
James Cousins made himself difficult to look past last week, with a best on ground performance which saw him rack up 29 disposals and put 3 goals on the board. As well as individual brilliance, the youngster was responsible for 9 inside 50s and 6 tackles; form which if continued, will no doubt turn the heads of Hawthorn selectors; if it hasn’t already!