TEAMS: VFL Round 8

North Port last week, North Ballarat this week.

It’s another road trip for Chris Newman’s unbeaten Hawks, this time to Eureka Stadium.

Although the two sides bookend the VFL ladder you won’t find complacency in the visitors’ game.

After a challenging start to 2017 The Roosters have been on the improve in recent weeks, having pushed Werribee and Essendon in their last two outings. A breakthrough isn’t far away.

The Hawks will need to be at their best to ensure four points travel back with the team to Box Hill City Oval.

Some AFL-experienced Hawks headline a long list of inclusions, supplemented by a raft of well-performed Vic Development youngsters.

Ins: Dallas Willsmore, Tyrone Vickery, Aaron Bond, Matthew Traynor, Billy Evans, Jordan Walker, Sam Gibson, Vincent Adduci, Liam Cox, Lachlan Williams

Outs: Stuart Horner, Will Hams, Xavier Dimasi, Sam Switkowski, Will Langford, Tim O’Brien

Please note: team to be confirmed prior to bounce.

North Ballarat vs. Box Hill Hawks – VFL Round 8 (1:10pm)

B 35. H Morrison 17. A Kennedy 34. K Heatherley
HB 42. T Miles 75. R Schoenmakers 5. M Warren
C 13. N Evans 7. A Brolic 70. D Willsmore
HF 40. K Stewart 77. T Vickery 45. N Lane
F 39. M Lewis 12. C Jones 3. W Murphy
R 72. M Pittonet 74. W Hartung 2. A Moore
Int 8. A Bond 14. M Traynor 9. B Evans
23. J Walker 29. S Gibson 64. C Glass
51. V Adduci 28. L Cox
23P 16. L Williams

The Vic Development Squad are also on the road this weekend, traveling to Casey Fields to square-off against the Demons.

Andrew Shakespeare’s young Hawks have encountered a tricky few weeks of late, with injuries at AFL level shuffling the deck come selection time at VFL and Vic Development level.

This has lead to opportunities for a host of inexperienced players across the board, with many impressing.

Last week a more polished Port Melbourne were a little too good, but this week sees the fifth placed Casey host the fourth placed Hawks in what looms as a decisive fixture.

Casey Demons v Box Hill Hawks – VIC Development League Round 8 (11am, Saturday 10 June)

B 8. A Bond 53. T Castledine 6. S Horner
HB 29. S Gibson 18. L Jeffs 52. J Godwin
C 23. J Walker 9. B Evans 28. L Cox
HF 15. X Dimasi 33. D Hehir 13. N Evans
F 3. W Murphy 58. M Knoll 47. H Burt
R 19. C O’Sullivan 51. V Adduci 14. M Traynor
Int 20. J Codd-Miller 57. T Davies 43. T Hollins
56. R Rusan 55. T Jacotine 46. T Maloney
11. B Kilpatrick 54. T Horne 21. J Fisher
50. J Haynes 25. J Firns 49. L Walker
59. J McCormack

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