[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sBRV4ds2OE&feature=youtu.be”][vc_column_text]THE Box Hill Hawks were defeated by Williamstown on Sunday at Box Hill City Oval by 14-points.
With the Hawks high percentage they will remain on top of the ladder heading into finals next week, beginning on Saturday with a clash against last year’s premiers Footscray.
Hawthorn listed player Sam Grimley kicked one goal to secure the Frosty Miller Medal for his second year in a row.
Grimley kicked 42 majors for the year and will share the medal with Richmond’s Liam McBean and Port Melbourne’s Jordan Lisle.
“It is an honor to win it again and share it with Liam and Jordan but ultimately we are just trying to chase the premiership at the end of the year,” said Grimley.
Coach Marco Bello puts the loss down to the Hawks not gaining control of the ball inside the midfield.
Williamstown won the majority of the center clearances which was the main driver of the game.
“They won 15 to 5 clearances out of the middle. When you are winning enough ball in the middle you are able to get it inside 50 which leads to scoring shots,” said Bello.
“We were always going to have to fight and we did for a lot of it but when the ball comes inside their forward 50 that many times they’re going to hit the scoreboard at least 50 percent of the time,” said Bello.
Williamstown were able to force us to turn the ball over continually across our half forward line and counter attack quickly deep into their forward 50.
“They were really effective in being able to sling shot from their defensive end,” said Bello.
“The boys didn’t play great football, we have to get back to the football that we have been playing all year and that wasn’t it today,” said Bello.
Both Box Hill sides will play this Saturday at Box Hill City Oval with development kicking off at 11am against Williamstown in there 2nd semi-final, followed by seniors against Footscray at 2pm.
Box Hill Hawks: 4.3 7.7 8.7 10.8 (68)
Williamstown Seagulls: 3.5 5.9 8.12 11.16 (82)
GOALS: Williams 2, O’Brien, Tobin, Heatherley, Simpkin, Miles, Grimley, Evans, Schoenmakers
BESTS: O’Donnell, Whitecross, Willsmore, Evans, OBrien
Photo Credit: Jenny Owens