At the prestigious Simonds Stadium on Saturday, it was Box Hill that were able to get the better of Geelong, claiming a 50-point victory.
Box Hill welcomed Tom Gordon back into the side after an achilles injury left him sidelined for 3 weeks, as well as Chris Jones who played his first VFL senior game.
Jones impressed the team, coaching staff and fans as he kicked a huge 5-goals and was named as one of Box Hill’s best on ground.
“It’s an amazing experience to be able to play at a senior level, especially at Simonds Stadium.”
With the help of his teammates, Jones was able to shake off the nerves quickly with a goal in the first quarter.
“I kicked my first goal pretty early and all of the boys got around me. It gave me a major confidence boost for the rest of the game.”
It wasn’t a perfect start for the Hawks with Geelong putting up a fierce first half, stopping Box Hill in their tracks.
“Our small mistakes resulted in turnovers in Geelong’s favour. We needed to play with more tempo and use the ball more efficiently.”
Box Hill came in at half time and were addresses by both Coach and Captain about changing the way they were playing.
“Marco and Mirra gave us a bit of a rev up at half-time about how we needed to improve and play as a team to produce our best footy,” said Jones.
“After half time I think we came out and did that. We used the ball better and it changed the game for us.”
From half-time until the final siren Box Hill dominated stretching a 2-point lead out to 50-points.
“We played smart footy in the second half, turning the ball over, moving it forward quickly and finishing off with goals,” said Jones.
Box Hill’s forward line of Tatupu, Grimley and Jones stepped up to the challenge against Geelong, finishing off with 15 goals between them.
With an impressive debut, Jones will be looking to keep his spot in the Senior side when the Hawks take on the Northern Blues at Preston City Oval next Saturday from 2pm.
Box Hill Hawks: 4.2 6.3 12.4 19.7 (121)
Geelong Cats: 1.5 5.7 7.11 10.11 (71)
Goals: Grimley 6. Jones 5, Tatupu 4, Anderson 3, Whitecross
Bests: Mirra, Simpkin, Grimley, Litherland, O’Donnell, Jones
Photo Credit: Jenny Owens