As their teammates enjoyed a well-deserved week off, three Box Hill Hawks had the honour of representing the VFL in Saturday’s showdown with the WAFL.
Midfielder Andrew Moore was joined by forwards Chris Jones and Sam Switkowski in trading brown and gold for the Big V, with all making their state debuts.
Despite the WAFL being too good to the tune of 63-points, the three men would no doubt have enjoyed the opportunity and occasion.
Switkowski continued a run of exceptional recent form, producing the kind of hard-working, dangerous display that has become his stock and trade. He was named in his side’s best.
The small forward finished with eighteen touches, 5 tackles and booted 2.1; making him one of just two Vics to manage multiple goals on what was a trying day inside forward 50.
Chris Jones was a late addition to the squad, having won his call-up on the back of a month of solid form. Despite a shorter preparation than some of his teammates the tall forward took his chance to impress, managing fourteen touches, 5 marks and 9 hit-outs when playing as a relief ruckman.
Starved of regular and quality ball on account of the WAFL’s good performance, Jones worked hard and competed all afternoon to be a leading target and bring the ball to ground.
Like Jones, Andrew Moore worked his way into consideration and, ultimately, selection after the VFL announced their initial 40-man squad.
The powerful, hard-tackling midfielder didn’t make his Box Hill debut until the round 3 clash with Williamstown, but has more than made up for lost time in his four matches for his new club.
Understandably rusty in his first run off a medial injury, the former Tiger’s next three matches were progressively more impressive.
Slightly more subdued in state colours than we’ve come to expect, the WAFL outfit had clearly put a lot of work and effort into curbing Moore’s influence. Fierce at the contest and decisive in clearance situations over the past month, our midfield bull toiled hard in tight to drive the Big V forward.
That a seventeen disposal performance, including a team-high 8 tackles, can be considered slightly disappointing is testament to the standards Moore expects of himself and has set in recent weeks.
The trio will return to North Port Oval this weekend for Saturday’s match of the day against third placed Port Melbourne.