TEAMS: VFL Round 7

They don’t come much bigger than this.

Third host first. 2:10pm Saturday. Live on Channel 7.

It’s a potential preview of what we might see come September this Saturday at North Port Oval, with both sides blazing a trail at the top of the table.

Having lost their first match of the season and relinquished top spot on the VFL ladder as a result just prior to the bye, the Borough will be out to bounce back and re-join the winners’ list.

Entertaining the top of the table Hawks is precisely the sort of challenge coach Gary Ayres would’ve wanted coming off a loss and the week off, with the occasion likely to bring out the best in the Hawthorn champion and his charges.

The Hawks will be keen to keep their early season momentum rolling and secure a seventh win from as many starts. As far as tests go, Port at North Port is about as searching an examination as exists in the VFL.

Chris Newman has his side in imperious form of late, with a string of terrific come-from-behind victories typifying a galvanised and resilient Box Hill in 2017.

This is an encounter that will go a long way towards proving each side’s character and premiership credentials.

Please note: team to be confirmed prior to bounce.

Port Melbourne vs. Box Hill Hawks – VFL Round 7 (2:10pm)

B 64. C Glass 17. A Kennedy 34. K Heatherley
HB 35. H Morrison 75. R Schoenmakers 5. M Warren
C 74. B Hartung 10. W Hams 40. K Stewart
HF 7. A Brolic 73. T O’Brien 24. S Switkowski
F 42. T Miles 39. M Lewis 3. W Murphy
R 72. M Pittonet 2. A Moore 69. W Langford
Int 12. C Jones 15. X Dimasi 9. B Evans
45. N Lane 23. J Walker 29. S Gibson
13. N Evans 28. L Cox
23P 6. S Horner

The Vic Development Squad tackle Port in the day’s curtain raiser, with a reversal of the third hosting first dynamic that will occur later in the day. This match will see the first placed Port host the third placed Hawks.

Our youngsters have had a challenging month, winning once, losing twice and having the bye in between.

There were plenty of positives signs out of the round 6 loss to Coburg, with a team comprised of half a dozen debutants brave in succumbing to the Lions.

They staged what looked like an improbable surge from as many as five goals in arrears to hit the front.

The Hawks’ youngsters looked on the cusp of an extraordinary win, but they tired in the final term and Coburg took full advantage to finish the stronger.

Port Melbourne vs. Box Hill Hawks – VFL Vic Development League Round 7 (11am)

B 8. A Bond 25. J Firns 18. L Jeffs
HB 29. S Gibson 21. J Fisher 13. N Evans
C 11. B Kilpatrick 9. B Evans 16. L Williams
HF 15. X Dimasi 12. C Jones 46. T Maloney
F 45. N Lane 22. Z Monkhorst 14. M Traynor
R 19. C O’Sullivan 23. J Walker 28. L Cox
Int 43. T Hollins 51. V Adduci 20. J Codd-Miller
57. T Davies 59. J McCormack 47. H Burt
53. T Castledine 58. M Knoll 55. T Jacotine
33. D Hehir 54. T Horne

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