A couple of superb comebacks, a all-time great dead heat and a successful road trip sum up a successful second month of season 2017.

Round Five v Richmond (Home)

Another week, another stirring victory.

Again the Hawks made it hard for themselves early on; again they had the answers when needed; again the final siren brought with it a richly deserved four premiership points.

There were alarm bells when the Tigers started the contest the better and kicked away to a three goal lead at the half. Whilst the effort was undeniable, things weren’t quite working as they had been.

Some tweaks and a few encouraging words from Chris Newman later and the hosts delivered a twelve goal to five second half to secure a fifth win from five.

Goals came from everywhere and everyone. Five players kicked multiple goals, with thirteen Hawks in total hitting the scoreboard. It was wonderful football.

Andrew Moore continued to go from strength to strength, looking more at home with each passing contest let alone week to week, turning in a best afield display against his former side. He tallied an equal season-high 32 disposals, booted two goals and recorded seven clearances.

Defender Ayden Kennedy made his debut and was rewarded for a fine seventeen disposal, eight mark performance with a place in our best, bringing an intensity to the contest that gave the Tigers pause for thought with each inside fifty.

It wasn’t all good news, however, as from the glory and elation of victory came a sobering blow: a hamstring injury would put the skipper’s season on hold. We wouldn’t see our number one for eight long weeks.

Box Hill         4.2     6.4      12.6    18.8 (116)
4.4    8.10    10.14   13.16 (94)

Goals: Moore 2, Schoenmakers 2, Lewis 2, Hanrahan 2, Vickery 2, Morrison, Sicily, Hams, Lane, Brolic, Willsmore, Switkowski, Stewart

Best: Moore, Hams, Kennedy, Hanrahan, Heatherley, Cousins

Round Six v Collingwood (Away)

No matter your colours, no matter the stakes, it doesn’t get much better than beating Collingwood.

On a crisp evening in the shadows of the MCG thats just what these young Hawks managed; even better, it was from a precarious and seemingly improbable position part-way through the second quarter.

As good as six goals in arrears and with the game hanging in the balance the rally began. Ten points down at half time, the brown and gold would hit the front late in the third before ultimately turning less than a kick behind.

Sam Switkowski and Anthony Brolic each produced moments of pure quality during a pulsating final quarter, as Box Hill came home with a wet sail to record yet another wonderful victory.

it was a coming of age night for several young Hawks, including half forward Billy Murphy and developing tall Mitch Lewis, who each booted three crucial goals.

Murphy would show the dash and deadly right boot that has since become his trademark, whilst the big Calder Cannon Lewis would mark everything that came his way.

James Cousins brought his own ball, recording a team and season-high 29 disposals on the night.

Oh, by the way, the win took us top for the first time. Deserved reward for a sensational first month and half.

Box Hill                1.1    5.4   9.5    16.6 (102)
5.5   6.6   9.10  11.10 (76)

Goals: Lewis 3, Murphy 3, Jones 2, Willsmore, Switkowski, Dimasi, N Evans, J Walker, Moore, B Evans, Brolic

Best: Cousins, Warren, Murphy, Willsmore, Lewis, Switkowski

Round Seven v Port Melbourne (Away)

Did you see this one live on Channel 7? If you didn’t you missed out.

All square after two of the most exhilarating hours of VFL football for this – or any – season, it was one of those rare occasions in which two points each was a more than fair result given the quality and fight of both sides.

The talls who had dominated in the early part of 2017 were out, with Fitzpatrick and Vickery injured and elevated, respectfully, and so the match represented a chance for the little guys to show their worth.

Front and centre was Sam Switkowski, with our number twenty-four making the third term his own. ‘Switta’ kicked three for the quarter – and five for the match – including one of the great goals of 2017 on his right boot to have us in the box seat at the last change.

Lane, Murphy and Brolic all contributed and impressed they’d be key pillars in the senior side as the season progressed.

Max Warren captained the side for the second time in the continued absence of David Mirra and was exceptional in trying and tough circumstances, showing the poise that is his trademark and the leadership he was bought to the Club to provide.

Will Langford marked his one and only appearance in the VFL for 2017 with thirty and three, whilst Tim O’Brien showed his class with three as well.

Having slipped behind Port started the final term needing goals and found them in quick time, taking the contest by the scruff of the neck with three goals to take the lead, before an arm wrestle ensued and goals were traded.

As the contest ebbed and flowed it looked like the decisive moment(s) had fallen Port’s way when they took a two kick lead with mere seconds on the clock.

In the end, with over thirty minutes having elapsed, it was down to Nelson Lane to rescue the day.

He took possession just inside fifty, steadied and streamed through on goal to give the Hawks hope with just seconds left. Another behind and the scores were tied. In no time at all we’d gone from seven points down to level.

Thats how it would finish.

Box Hill                      4.1   8.4   13.7   16.12 (108)
Port Melbourne      
5.3   7.10   9.15   15.18 (108)

Goals: Switkowski 5, O’Brien 3, Langford 3, Lane 2, Murphy, Jones, Brolic

Best: Switkowski, Langford, Moore, Stewart, Warren, Schoenmakers

Round Eight v North Ballarat (Away)

For once the weather forecast was bang on the money. Cold. Very, very cold. Though the sun was out so too was the chilliest wind of the year.

The Roosters were searching for their first win of 2017 and we were looking to return to the winners’ list following a week in which we shared the points.

Full credit to the black and white, who made it tough from the get go and played a very disciplined four quarters to keep the Hawks in check and themselves in the game.

Even though we were a touch wasteful – even though the result was ultimately comfortable enough – whenever it looked like the bough would break they’d haul us back in, ensuring the points were up for grabs and the contest was perennially in the balance.

Aaron Bond was rewarded for good early form in the Development League and made his debut, kicking two goals from nineteen touches.

Andrew Moore’s standout season continued, with another twenty-eight touches and six clearances added to his stats sheet, whilst Chris Jones played his finest game of the season to date to kick four goals and be the most damaging forward on the ground.

In retrospect it felt like an important day for Jones, who would use this performance as a platform to play better, more consistent footy for the remainder of the season.

Box Hill 4.5 6.10 9.14 12.16 (88)
North Ballarat 2.2 5.3 7.5 11.9 (75)

Goals: Jones 4, Glass 2, Bond 2, Murphy, Vickery, Evans, Moore

Best: Heatherley, Moore, Jones, Glass, Miles, Pittonet

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