Semi Final Match Report

The Box Hill Hawks will advance to a preliminary final against Williamstown next week after emerging 29-point victors over fierce rivals Geelong, in tricky conditions at North Port Oval.

The Hawks reserved their second consecutive preliminary final berth, controlling the contest and capitalising more efficiently than their opponents early; before withstanding a nervous period of Geelong dominance throughout the middle of the match.

With no more second chances, the game was off to a high pressure start as both sides utilised the opening minutes to settle their disposal.

It would be Oliver Hanrahan to open Box Hill’s account, picking up exactly where he left off last week, swooping on the loose ball in forward fifty and converting on the run.

Marc Pittonet was at his dominant best, both in the ruck contest and around the ground; while James Cousins provided a barometer in close, getting his possession count ticking early.

In due course, Andrew Moore, Brendan Whitecross and Hanrahan, for a second time, hit the scoreboard; while the defensive six worked overtime to hold the Cats to just a single goal for the quartera 23-point lead standing at its conclusion.

In the term that ensued, the Cats drew first blood courtesy of quick thinking from Quinton Narkle out of the stoppage, as the match descended into a more tightly contested affair.

However, the Hawks continued to dominate possession – Cousins the runaway leader in that field – while Teia Miles and Kaiden Brand racked up plenty of their own ball to provide important rebound from the defensive half.

Chris Jones had to beat two opponents to register his first major for the day, but was up to the task; before Jackson Ross added his name to a growing list of goal kickers, to steady the ship after Geelong looked as though they may challenge.

The intensity and pressure continued to lift with Dylan Moore, Changkuoth Jiath and Mitch O’Donnell leading the way, however it would be Lachlan Fogarty who would respond for the Cats, to cut the margin to 19 points just before the half’s end.

Approaching the third term, it felt as though the scoreboard perhaps belied the closeness of the contest as the Cats, albeit somewhat wayward, felt well and truly back in the match.

The two sides moved to exchange goals at the resumption of play, with a major from Dylan Moore quickly followed by theresponse from Geelong’s Sam Siggins.

The backline again weathered the Geelong storm, as tall timber Tim O’Brien and Kaiden Brand continued to stand up impressively and control the air deep in defence, as the Cats threatened to close the gap but applied pressure everywhere but the scoreboard.

From here, the Hawks put their foot to the accelerator.

Sensing an opportunity, Box Hill extended their lead from 17 points, to a match-winning 42 points, courtesy of a burst of goals in the 12 minutes prior to three-quarter time. Two goals from Willsmore in addition to a second to both Whitecross and skipper, Andrew Moore, cementing the seven-goal margin with just one period to play.

In the final stanza, Zach Guthrie and Jamaine Jones got the attacking started for the Cats, who boasted the majority of possession and territory in the term’s opening.

However, Hanrahan came to the fore once more, putting through his third goal for the day to put an exclamation point on his standout performance and extend the Box Hilladvantage for the final time.

The ability of the Hawks to continuously find answers whenever presented the challenge by Geelong, the story of the day – with the eventual margin at final siren standing at 29 points in favour of the brown and gold.

The result books Box Hill in for a showdown with Williamstown at North Port Oval in a week’s time, as the Hawks look to continue their unbeaten September run and reach their first VFL grand final in three years.

Box Hill




13.12 90





8.13 61

GoalsHanrahan 3, Willsmore 2, Whitecross 2, A. Moore 2, Jones, Ross, D. Moore, Maloney


Disposals: Cousins 28, A. Moore 27, Brand 23, O’Donnell 21, Miles 21


BestCousins, A. Moore, O’Brien, Miles, Hanrahan, Brand

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